Continuing with highlights from Eric Hausler’s conference with the Presbytery of Ohio, this short video is very interesting. We started this series talking about how Eric has a view about people as “landscape” that has stuck with a number of people. In our last series on Outward, two of the writers–one from Ohio–mentioned Eric’s illustration. Here, Eric gives the origin of that example, fleshes it out quite a bit, and talks about how it has influenced him.
Here is the video, “3 Kinds of People”:
Questions for Thought or Discussion:
- No questions this week, just a challenge. Take a sheet of paper or a page in your notebook or day planner. Make 3 columns–Landscape, Machines, and “People” People. Take a few minutes and start filling in people that you know and see in life that fit into each category. As a reminder, “People” People are people you see that you are already treating like people with souls–could be unbelieving family or friends. Landscape is those that simply blend into your life….right now you may not even really see them. Machines are people that do a service for you–barista, cashier and the like. Pay attention for a week or two and keep filling in the sheet with the 3 columns as you see people and recognize what category they go in–you’ll probably start seeing more people. Keep the sheet on your desk or table or somewhere close by. Use it as a prompt, maybe a prayer sheet, and think about how to move people from the Landscape and Machine columns to the “People” People column and then go do it over time.