A hard reset is a process of reverting a device back to its factory settings. All data you have stored including the apps you downloaded will be erased. You must do a hard reset before selling or giving away your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. That way, you restore the device to the state it was in when shipped from the factory, and the new owner could customize it for themselves.
I have already heard several people say that the COVID-19 pandemic is requiring a hard reset for many institutions. I encourage you to read Leading Beyond the Blizzard: Why Every Organization Is Now a Startup. The authors say that we are not going back to normal; instead, they insist on redesigning the way we work as we respond to the new realities that the virus has forced us into. Whatever sector you belong to—government, business, education, religious, etc.—it’s time to say goodbye to “business as usual” and do a hard reset.
I cannot expertly guide anyone on doing this because I myself am navigating through massive changes in my life and ministry. My experience has brought me to appreciate the values of accepting reality and embracing transformation.
First, I am giving myself time to grieve the loss of what used to be my normal routine—constant travel, numerous coffee shop meetings, presentations in conferences, and meaningful cross-cultural encounters with people from all over the world. Doing these has been a great privilege and it has been an honor to be a part of the transformation of individuals and communities I work with.
Second, I am going through some sort of “digital transformation.” I had to give in and succumb to “advocate from home.” This means that I needed to quickly learn and gain new skills to better understand and use digital technology. What a steep learning curve it has been.
With this grieving process and skills acquisition, I am poised for a hard reset in my ministry. I have accepted the fact that how I carry out my responsibilities will never be the same again. My calling has not changed. My ministry involvements remain the same. Now, I look forward with eagerness to carry out every new directive in, through, and around me that God wills.
This hard reset reminds me of God’s ability to make all things new. We read in Revelation 21:5—
And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”
With practically everything not going back to business as usual, I could almost hear God saying, “Look, I am making everything new!”
Hard reset required? Why not?
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