I just arrived back from camp this past week where our family served for a month. We had a great time at Young Life’s Lost Canyon. The final lunch each week our Program Director did not show up as usual in his Commander Duane outfit – instead, as the music came on our five year old son Charlie came out in the same outfit and did the walk-on. Let me just say this – the dining hall ROCKED. Why? It was the same music, same walk-on, same lines, and the same outfit. But, it was a five-year old – which was very unpredictable, and therefore had a HUGE impact.
Many, many years ago there was a mentor of mine who said this: “Low predictability = high impact and high predictability = low impact.” This is true! I have seen this lived out over and over and over.
If I come home with flowers on Valentines Day, it is somewhat expected. If I come home with flowers on just “any ol’ day” it has a large impact.
One of my friends one time surprised his friend for his 50th birthday – he hired a marching band from the high school to come down the street at 7:00 A.M. playing “Happy Birthday.” I think they also played “Tequila,” but that is another story!
How about you? Can you do anything today that has “low predictability?” Here are some ideas . . .
- Picking up someone’s car and having it cleaned
- Delivering a meal
- Calling someone and telling them you are coming by to babysit for 2-3 hours to bless them.
- Helping a neighbor with a project that they are doing . . . and they didn’t ask for your help
- Dropping off a bottle of wine and chocolate – just because
- Sending a card with encouragements
Think about Jesus as our example. He did the most unpredictable act EVER. Jesus “wrapped a towel around his waist . . . and began to wash the disciples feet.” (John 13:4-5) We are still talking about this act today, which proves that “Low predictability = High impact!”
Good luck my friends . . . you can do this!