You Don’t Get To Choose What Your People Are Excited About

You might want your people–your congregation, your family, your readers–to be excited about the things that excite you. Cultural critique; synth pop; public school reform. They might be. Or they might not.

Maybe they’re into urban farming and video gaming and scrapbooking.

It’s much better to be with people who are excited about something and have an ample supply of energy to do that thing than it is to persuade disinterested people to like the thing you like. For sure, be clear on what energizes you and find ways to do that; some of your people may be as excited about Karl Barth or single origin estate coffee as you are. But also listen carefully for what your people thrive on, and hang around kicking the dirt til someone invites you to try it.

You might like it.


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