In our last post we followed the first of six steps in the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process – Objective Finding – to identify an objective we would like to meet that will help us grow in our spiritual lives. For the sake of this post, we’ll say that the objective chosen is: I need a “real” relationship with God.
Spicing things up
What do I know about my objective? Staying with our kitchen metaphor from the last post, we’ll look at our objective as the “dish” we would like to create. What are the ingredients – the spices that go into – a “real” relationship with God? To identify the ingredients that will make up the dish, we’ll need to do some Fact Finding.
Fact Finding: Step 2 in the CPS process
To help us move forward in the process, there are some helpful questions we may ask.
When it comes to having a real relationship with God (or insert your own objective from step one – see previous post) what:
- Do I know?
- Do I need to know?
- Would I Like to know?
What do I know?
- I don’t feel right now that I have a “real” relationship with the Big Guy
- It will probably take some time to develop one
- There was a time in my life when I felt connected before
- I’ve never felt connected
- I’ve never really put a lot of effort on having a “real” relationship
- I’ve tried to connect in the past but just couldn’t
- Surely there are some resources out there about this topic
- It seems like some people do have a “real” relationship with Him (and they would probably be willing to talk to me)
- There is stuff like prayer, Scripture reading, meditation, mentoring, church, small groups
What do I need to know?
- How do I get started?
- How do I keep going?
- What does a “real” relationship look like?
- What will it take to maintain the relationship?
- How much time is this going to take?
- How do I tap into all the resources that are out there?
What would I like to know?
- What will it take to grow the relationship?
- How would my life be any different if I had a “real” relationship with the Big Guy?
- Are there any specific barriers, roadblocks or issues I need to know about that could - keep me from having a “real” relationship with God?
- I’ve really messed up in the past. Is this even worth trying?
- What kind of time commitment is this going to take?
- If I jump into this, how hard is it going to be to keep going?
- Does it get easier after a while?
This stage of the process is kind of like a “brain dump” where we are writing down everything we know about our Objective. It’s like cleaning out our spice cabinet to see all of the possible ingredients that might go in our dish.
In our next post, we’ll take on the next step: Problem Finding. In that step, we’ll more fully identify the issue at hand.
So, keep your apron on!