John showed me a picture of his new running shoes on his phone. He ordered a pair of Brooks PureFlows. He runs swift and light. He also showed me pictures of his new home in Atlanta. His family is relocating for his job as a recruiter. He talks swift and light.
We had just finished lunch. Our wives continued to dialogue around the table; our children played upstairs. John and I talked shop: shoes and church and new opportunities. Having just finished a book called Imagine: How Creativity Works, I recently came to appreciate the natural, professional refining that emerges in urban spaces.
John's move was prompted by his organization's desire to impact the world through the next generation. It will take no time for Encompass World Partners to realize the benefits of living in denser spaces. Their current headquarters are in a quaint, cul-de-sac of Midwest America, where safety and family values flourish, but creativity suffers. I know because I am a resident of Winona Lake/Warsaw (IN). The byproducts of our insulated community are daily Meth busts and outsourced Orthopedic jobs. Long-boards, too, are on the rise.
I am excited for John: He will grow. (He's moving from an Ohio suburb, where creativity is reduced to customized iPad sleeves and new franchising opportunities.) I am impressed with Encompass: They will expand. (They've navigated name changes and emerging realities; address changes and lingering criticism.) For John and his colleagues, the interaction on city sidewalks and international airports will stretch their imaginations. And imagination is essential to serving God in our ever-changing world.