Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hedgehog Concept

In studying for my message in a couple of weeks, I ran across something that I've read before and really appreciate. In Jim Collins' business book, Good to Great, he addresses something called the Hedgehog Concept. He relates an essay by Isaiah Berlin where Berlin proposes that people are in one of two categories: they are either foxes or hedgehogs. Foxes are diffused, scattered and moving on many levels, whereas hedgehogs simplify the complex world into a single concept that reduces all challenges to a simple idea. They refuse to be anything but hedgehogs! They have "a piercing insight that allows them to see through complexity and discern underlying patterns. Hedgehogs see what is essential, and ignore the rest." (page 91)

Let me encourage you to be a hedgehog! As Keith Drury used to teach in Strategetics, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." What is our main thing? Win souls! We are to fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. Many people are trying to change and improve our world through secular theories. They are looking to the political world to "save them." Christians have the answer to change and improvement - Jesus! Let's not get sidetracked in doing good. Let us do the "goodest" we can by sharing the hope of Jesus with others. He alone is our hope and salvation.

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