Thursday, December 1, 2016

Put Your Hand Down

Problems seem to be created or born out of change. Change is inevitable. It’s happening all around us. Change creates various problems. I wish I could stay young, healthy and a size 14. Not gonna happen!  Change has come more quickly than I expected along with problems.

Institutions and organizations need persons who can take care of problems not continually point them out. I am finding too many of us in the church believe that complaining is a constructive act. Pointing out problems in the accusatory and blaming fashion provides little change, improvement or solution.

Many times we point the finger and magnify the problem in  hope and expectation that those in leadership can fix it. We get good at blaming others and yet contribute very little ourselves to improve things.

We avoid personal responsibility and use all our energy pontificating and complaining.  Besides finger pointing feels good. I’ve done it myself a time or two.  We believe crying out, “You, you, you” gets us off the hook. Yet, it never brings about solutions.

When we point a finger at someone else we forget the fingers that are pointing backwards.  Finger pointing is a popular but dangerous activity.

Have we expected too much from our institutions and leaders and too little of ourselves? Maybe the solutions are in those fingers pointing back to us! I hear Jesus saying, “how can you obsess about the speck in your neighbor’s eye and you cannot see the forest in your own eye (Matt.7:3)?

There are some sobering truths I must admit to myself. Maybe I haven’t been the change I would like to see in the Church and the world. Maybe, I need to evaluate my skill levels and my willingness or lack thereof to do justice, love mercy and bring transformative change to the lives and communities I find myself. Maybe I need to care a little more deeply about the problems we are facing and do all in my power coupled with God’s power to bring healing.

I have made a decision to put my hand down, stop expecting others to do what I have the power to do myself. I’ve decided to put my hand down get to work  assuming some ownership of the problems I've  encountered and do all I can to bring, healing, wholeness, love and unity.

Besides the institution’s success is the accumulation of the people’s work results. Isn’t it?