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We won’t always get it right

perfectionPerfection is elusive.  In fact, it’s unattainable in this life.  However, that does not keep us from expecting that standard of ourselves and of others.  Oftentimes, I either say to myself or I hear other people say: “Why couldn’t (I) they just have done ____?” And you can fill in the blank.

We won’t always get it right. I won’t, you won’t always do what is best for ourselves, for others, for God.

This is where God’s forgiveness greatly impacts our relationships one to another.  I really like Eugene Peterson’s translation of Colossians 3:12-14: “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.  And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.  It’s your basic, all-purpose garment.  Never be without it.”

We won’t always get it right. I won’t, you won’t always do what is best for ourselves, for others, for God.

Paul, writing to the Colossian church, challenges us to live in light of the reality that we can never completely and perfectly fulfill the ‘law’ or carry out the ‘work’ with which we have burdened ourselves or others.  That is why the love and forgiveness that Christ offers to us is so life ‘changing’.  It moves us away from self-centredness to Christ centredness; offering to others what Christ has and continues to offer to us each day.

We won’t always get it right. I won’t, you won’t always do what is best for ourselves, for others, for God.  However, we can extend to one another (and to ourselves) Christ’s love and forgiveness which will remind us that when we don’t get it right, it’s not the end of the world.  For Christ once again offers to us His love and forgiveness, picks us up, and sets us on our way again to serve Him as best we can with all our heart, mind soul and strength.

If I could dream

Who would have thought that one day, one weekend would change the course of history.  Who would have dreamed of such an impactful shift in our world?

Thinking back on our Lord’s death and resurrection, I often imagine what went on in the minds of the disciples when Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection (Luke 24:36).  I wonder if the presence of the resurrected Christ brought a statement such as this one to their minds: “I would never have dreamed that …”  dream

Have you ever found yourself ‘dreaming’ of how things might go better if even small things changed?  Have you ever ‘dreamed’ about the potential that would be released in the ministry and relationship spheres of a team if solutions were found for certain issues that beleaguered them?

If I could dream, if I could envision how we as a global community of World Team would be different four months from now, I would see a community workers who ‘live out of’ the Gospel, not just ‘talk about’ the Gospel.

We have great resources available to teach us about and train us in the Gospel (for example, the Galatians study or Sonship materials).  Yet, I know of a lack of forgiveness among us.  Issues, situations or hurts from months or years past can be dredged up in our minds and keep us from moving towards others who are our fellow co-laborers to ask for forgiveness or offer forgiveness.  What happened to the Gospel in our hearts (Galatians 3:2)?  The Gospel stands as one of our guiding principles.  It is listed as one of our distinctives.  Nevertheless, our current lives cry out the contrary.

If I could dream, if I could envision how we as a global community of World Team would be different four months from now, we would be characterized by a lot more stories of people repenting, seeking forgiveness, and growing deeper in the knowledge and love of Christ.