Andy Stanley's Analysis

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My freshman year of college, I attended a university in Chicago. Often, that year, I would take the Brown Line train fifty-three minutes to the Adams/Wabash stop. I would head east, pausing for a mint tea and chocolate croissant at the Starbucks on Adams and Michigan Avenue. Croissant and tea in hand, I would cross Michigan Avenue and arrive at the Art Institute of Chicago. A poor college student, this venture always occurred on a Thursday between five and eight p.m., when the museum is free to Illinois residents. I recall at the end of my visit one night having a rather profound experience. My tea had long-since been thrown in the trash. I had meandered the Architecture collection, perused the Textiles, and pondered the Contemporary paintings. I was departing the museum,…show more content…
But it doesn’t matter. In that moment, I was struck by the perceptiveness, depth, and wisdom of that statement. “Everything looks like art.” Andy Stanley, author of Ask It: The Question that will Revolutionize How You make Decisions, asks his readers, “What is the wise thing to do?” Ephesians 5:15-17 states: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” What is the wise thing to do? That elderly man stated it exactly: Recognize everything in this world as art. This world is inspiring. This world is sacred. There is beauty in the ordinary— the extra pepperoni on your pizza, the bark on the tree outside your dry-cleaners, the unexpected phone call from a far-away friend. After that experience three years ago, I began to surround myself with idealists, change- makers, explorers, opportunists, and doers. And you know what happened? I began to
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