You may have read my little rant from earlier. Well, I had to run to town just now and thought about it some more, so here’s my new, philosophical, theological take:
My frustration is what so many of us feel. When someone is capable of doing something, let them. When we don’t, we limit them and their ability to serve. When we do, they find purpose, success, and a place to belong. Look around you, who do you like to be with, work with, play with? I bet it is people who allow you to be you, to use all your talents, and who rejoice when you succeed. Look around you, who do you avoid, secretly wish you didn’t have to collaborate with or spend time with? I bet it is people who stifle your creativity, elevate themselves, and rejoice in their success alone. Am I right?
I think as humans we crave companionship in our endeavors. We long to share our experiences. And we understand that we are stronger together than apart. We know that the best product is possible when we work with others, when we allow each person to use their skills, and when the goal is the goal, not the individual recognition. When we share the work, we also find the power of the church.
Each ministry, each congregation, each person has something to offer. We have been given gifts from the Holy Spirit; we have been given faith, hope, and love; we have been given a grace and peace which is above all understanding; and, most of all, we have been given unconditional forgiveness. We should share them. The church has a mission to spread the Good News of Christ to all people. It shouldn’t matter which group does what, where. It should only matter that we are. When we focus on what we can do to further Jesus’ ministry, rather than what we can do to further our own agenda or gain personal recognition, that’s when we find true success in God’s kingdom. And that’s when frustration transforms into the power of the church!