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Perfected   1 comment

We live in an imperfect world and we are imperfect people.  I really do not think that I have shared anything which is an earth-shattering truth in the very first sentence of this post.  Nor am I sharing any new revelation with any of you which you did not already know.  However, I wonder how often we forget this reality.  I wonder how often we expect perfection and become upset when either ourselves or someone else show imperfection.

This morning when I came to my office I encountered a laundry list of issues with the state of the building.  I was out of the office yesterday and there was activity here last night.  Now, this is not the first time that I have encountered situations such as this one.  My reaction was from the gut and I would have to admit that it was less than a positive reaction.  I spent the first fifteen minutes of the time in my office correcting the issues which I discovered.  Again, this was not part of my early arrival plans so my frustration was building with each correction I made.  When I actually was able to sit down at my desk, I wanted to impulsively send an email to the individual responsible for the building last night and share my displeasure.  However, something (or should I say someone) held me back and led me to wait until I had returned from my morning coffee time.  I am grateful that I made that decision.  While I still intend to follow-up on the issues with the appropriate person, I have determined a different way to do that follow-up.

For me what made the change was something which arose during my morning devotions.  I was looking at a passage from the Bible which included a statement from Jesus about the promise of the resurrection.  When most people think about a bodily resurrection, they are not convinced that they want to have their current physical body resurrected.  They often list all the imperfections which they have identified with their current body.  These people are fine with the concept of spiritual resurrection but shy away from the idea of the bodily resurrection which we who believe in Christ include in our understandings.  I think the issue here is the hope of everything being perfect in the presence of God and that the way they understand their physical bodies as imperfect does not fit with their desire to be perfect in the presence of God.

The key here for me is to realize that the Spirit has the power and does perfect the imperfect us.  Even at the point of our spiritual resurrection, our spirit is not perfect.  Our spirit is marred and marked by the sin of our life.  However, the Spirit perfects our spirit when Jesus places the cloak of righteousness on us as we are spiritually resurrected.  If the Lord can do this with our spirit, how do we think the Lord is any less capable of perfecting our bodies at the point of our bodily resurrection.

Yes, we are imperfect.  We are imperfect inside and out.  However, the Spirit of the Lord is capable of perfecting us.  This is important truth that we must keep in mind as we deal with one another and as we consider the promise of the resurrection.

So I want to leave you with these reminders:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, NIV)


Being A Leader   Leave a comment

Diverse GMU people all put together into a square.

Diverse GMU people all put together into a square. (Photo credit: KellyCDB)

This morning the Disney Institute posted this blog post on Facebook.  The title of the post is 3 Signs You Are Meant To Be A Leader and it was written by Les McKeown.  The first thing that caught my eye is something that I have come to believe, “Not everyone is cut out to be a leader.”  In a nation where many people strive to create a “level playing field,” I think that we often overlook the fact that we have all been created differently and are unique.  We all do not have the same skills and abilities.  That was never part of the original design.  Instead, each person was given skills and abilities that are specific to them.  It is when we combine this varied skills and abilities that we have the perfect group of people to handle life.  Like the old axiom states:  The sum is greater than the parts.  Yet, how often in an attempt to create a sense of equality among people do we place people in roles that they are definitely not equipped and gifted to manage?

I do believe that every person has the ability to learn.  We can create individuals that can survive in a position in which they are not equipped to be.  But this is a great service to the individual and to the organization.  As the writer of the post comments, they are less than effective in the position.  Many times they are frustrated and quickly burn out.  If they do not burn out they may act out by being irritable or even aggressive towards others.  The organization often flounders under their leadership and may lose members or be unsuccessful in their projects.

Let me be clear; every person has a valuable position in every organization.  The value of that person is not based on a hierarchy of roles.  Every role is necessary if the organization is going to be successful.  So the title of the role is far less important as the person’s abilities and gifts that she/he bring to the role which they have.

Paul seemed to make this abundantly clear when he was writing to the church in Corinth.  In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about the various gifts that the people have in the community.  He points out how the individuals work together for the betterment of the community.  He also points out how one part cannot be successful without the others and that all have a vital role.  This is how each individual and each community of people were designed.  Diversity in the midst of unity.

In addition to a diversity of roles, there is diversity in the types of individuals needed in each role.  As an example, the role of a leader can have a large variety of ways in which that role is executed.  Different organizations and different situations require different types of leaders.  There needs to be a matching of what type of leader is needed just as much as a matching of the individuals having the right gifts and abilities to be a leader in the first place.

So let’s stop assuming that everyone should have an equal opportunity for every role.  Let’s stop placing people in positions which they are not a healthy fit.  Let’s stop trying to make everyone the same.  Instead, let’s acknowledge the diversity and the need for diversity within an organization or group of people.  Let’s identify the gifts and abilities of the person and determine where those gifts and abilities will do the most good.  Let’s celebrate each role and each person without a hierarchy of importance.  When we combine these different parts (roles), we will have the ability to achieve great things.

It Takes Work   Leave a comment

These people really went all out

These people really went all out (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like many of you, I have spent time over the last few days trying to put up Christmas decorations.  It is something that I dread with the coming of Thanksgiving every year.  Yet, once I have all the decorations up and in place, I love the look and the joy that seeing them lit up at night brings to me.  So like many of you, I wish there was some magic button that I could push and the decorations would be in place (While we’re at it, the pushing of the button would ensure that all the lights work the whole time from getting them out of the storage boxes to putting them back away.).  However, we all know that such a magic button does not exists.  So every year, I begin the ritual of getting the boxes up from the basement, testing the lights, replacing half of the strands because a portion on each strand does not work, hanging them, and then spending the rest of the season fixing different parts each day.

This exercise in what may appear to be futile efforts has led me to think about all the aspects of life that take work in order to achieve a great outcome.  If I did not take the time and effort to hang the lights and put out the lit, movable decorations, then I would never get to experience the beauty that arrives each night during the Advent and Christmas seasons.  Relationships are another part of life that require work in order to achieve something of value.  You must be willing to put in the effort and to experience the joys and pains if you are going to have a beautiful relationship.

Accomplishments in education, careers, athletics  the arts, organizations, and other aspects of life are the same.  Each of these require work and effort before a beautiful outcome can be produced.  There are set backs and frustrations in each of these but the work must be done.  None of these accomplishments happen without the work.

So today I am reminded of the importance of the work.  If I seek the future beauty in whatever area of life I may be focusing upon, then I need to do the work.