Just as trust is needed to order to move to curiosity, curiosity is needed in order to move beyond openness. Sherry tells us, “But moving into that threshold is one of the most difficult journeys for 21st century people to make because it demands that we declare ourselves open to the possibility of personal and spiritual change” (p.156)
Moving into this threshold is not the same for everyone. For some it might only take a weekend experience of attending a truly evangelizing retreat, but for others it might be months, even years of “testing the waters.” This transition occurs without much struggle for only a few people; the majority of people struggle with truly being open to change.
Those accompanying someone through this stage need to be very patient. Unfortunately, when we are eager to share the Good News, we fail to exercise as much patience as we should. Many times, an initial openness to change is confused by the evangelizer with intentional discipleship-- this can create a greater struggle in the transition toward openness.
How is the most challenging aspect of this move into “openness” as Sherry discusses it, and what special challenges does that bring? What types of things that people “carry around” might inhibit openness? How can we encourage this “openness”? How is this all a personal challenge for those who may be working with and encouraging someone in this move from trust to openness?