The other coach looked at me and said, “That kid just gets it. You know how some kids get it, and others don’t? He gets it.”
Without any explanation, I knew exactly what he meant. This young man understood what we were doing, why we were doing it, and how to get better. He listened and learned. His time at practice improved his skills and made him a better player. It was not that he had a unique skill set but a mentality that separated him from so many of the others.
You probably know what I am talking about, even if you have never played or coached sports. It happens in business too. One of the employees just seems to excel while others languish. I see it with electronics. Some adults just grab the concepts, make the device do numerous functions, while others don’t get it. Almost every activity in life has a group of people who get it and a group who doesn’t.
I have seen this truth in the Church too. Ron was on my leadership in training team, and he got it. He also recognized the other people who got it. One day he asked me the million-dollar question, “What can the Church do to help more people get it?”
My blank expression revealed a deep secret I had never revealed to anyone. “I don’t know.” I am not sure why it all comes together for some people and not for others. Maybe God needs to do a work in their soul. Perhaps they need to have a catastrophic event to get them to think differently. The prodigal son had to hit rock bottom before he “came to his senses.” After all these years as a pastor, I am not exactly sure why some people get it, and others do not.
One factor that helps people get it is repeated exposure. When you do something over and over again, eventually, some of it sticks. Play hundreds of basketball games, and you start to grasp more. Assemble enough widgets, and soon you can do it in your sleep. Work with electronics long enough, and you begin to see how it all connects.
If you want to be a person who gets it when it comes to faith. Then I believe you will have to open yourself up to the ways of God day after day after day. There are no guarantees that you will get it, but your chances are much better.