The Third Space – Vision 2017
Where Practices Create Possibilities
Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. The Prophet Jeremiah
The Idea of the 3rd Space
Consider this as we Begin: You are an eternal person of unfathomable depth.
This year we want to open up the pathway to new possibilities. To introduce you to a space of freedom in life that you can imagine possibilities, create practices and begin to see clearly a way forward.
Most of us have two significant spaces in life: Home (family) and work (place of income).
There is however another space, a ‘Third Space’ which is made up of
everything around and in between. It has a great impact on our happiness, relationships, future possibilities, our influence and our hope.
A Space where Practices and Habits that Lead to Possibilities are Created and Carried out
As believers, we are regularly referred to for ‘what we believe’ and ‘what we don’t do’, unlike the early church, who were referred to as the people of ‘The Way’. They were known for a different way of living and for their spiritual practices.
Our early church family show us the importance of this ‘Third Space’ and what we can do with it.
We fill this space with practices and habits that shape our identity, family and community. These practices can include rest, learning, fun, health, community, worship and thinking. They can and should benefit the spirit, soul and body. We are challenged however, by the Apostle Paul that:
physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4
Spiritual practices can clarify and deepen our personal relationship with God and people. They can also help focus our energies, develop our patience, and help us see reality objectively.
The Benefits of the 3rd Space
When you learn how to use the ‘Third Space’ you will consistently be at your best for your work, your family, your friends and yourself.
It’s where Freedom Lives
Home and work are places driven by responsibility but the third space is where choice exists. Where freedom exists.
Practices are Leverage
Changes to our consistent actions can lead to significant, enduring improvements in our relationships and better vision of the possibilities at hand.
Practices become Legacy
The things you do in the transitions of life are some of the most influential things you will do; more influential than your job or your household.
Practices Prepare us for Adventure
The practices that you create in the ‘Third Space’ become a platform of energy and confidence to launch into life’s possibilities.
Possibility thinking has a horizon. You can only see, what you can see, from where you are. Our imagination gives us the foresight and energy to implement and endure the practices that will open up possibilities.
God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Psalm 1: 19
Our directional clarity comes from the long view of generational and eternal thinking (Light). While the practices we engage in are the steps we take in that direction (Lamp).
The great challenge lies in between your imagination and the possibilities. It lies in applying good practices when the evidence is not visible and the possibilities seem nonexistent. In the gap, you are not entering into the acts and possibilities of God. The acts of God are self-explanatory—they’re fun! You are now experiencing:
“The Ways of the Lord” … The Pathway to the Possible.
The Way of the 3rd Space
What can I do now?
How can I discover good practices for my “Third space”?
We find some great wisdom in the life of Isaac.
Isaac first re-dug the wells of Abraham his father, before he dug more wells for his people. From there he went to Beersheba and the Lord appeared to him. Isaac built an altar there and He called on the name of the Lord, He then pitched his tent and dug another well. Genesis 26
Isaac’s Challenge for 2017
As we honour yesterday and are present today, we create possibilities for generations to come
- Eat “Organic” or as your Grandparents called it: Food
The Ancient Paths are relevant, current and dynamically real. Before we
invent new practices let’s draw from the insights of the early church. Isaac re-dug his fathers’ wells, and that water provided the sustenance to go find new wells.
- Practice Creating Practices
Not all practices you discover are beneficial for you. Isaac dug two new wells that contained water but caused tension with those close by. Because of the energy gained from Abraham’s wells, Isaac had the ability to go from there and find other water where he could be fruitful.
- Practices are “for Adventure”, not “the Adventure”
Isaac was energized by the wells of his father and the new wells he had dug. He then went on an adventure. It was there that he met God. Practices are a tool for spiritual energy not the end goal.
- When you meet God you create Practices of Legacy
It is in those places that we meet God and worship Him, that we gain insights into new practices that will bless us and the generation to come.