To Kill (Or Be Killed By) A Mockingbird

So this blog has no cultural or spiritual relevance, but I had to let you know…
I was just attacked by a mockingbird. I promise, this was not a case of premeditated egg-napping. I was just going for a brisk walk around the building, when i was unexpectedly assaulted by a bird. I didn’t get a close look, but i think it had its teeth bared. After his initial dive, he landed on a sign, and used some fowl language which i cannot repeat here. I thought for a second, maybe it was just coincidence he dived at me. Maybe there was another culprit. That theory was soon dashed to pieces as he came in for his second and third attacks. Shock and awe were the two words that came to mind as i quickly retreated around the corner, hands over my head in surrender. Thankfully, i didn’t sustain any physical hurt. However, the psychological wounds go deep. I haven’t read the book, but I have a sudden interest in learning how to kill a mockingbird, or at least defend myself in future attacks.

Know-It-All

In many areas of life, we are under the impression that we must learn everything before we become teachers. However, in our Christian walk in particular, we need to be in the habit of teaching/sharing things we learn on a daily basis. This will help us in a couple specific ways. First, one of the best ways to learn and solidify something is to share it. Secondly, by bringing these things to mind often, we develop a stronger awareness that God is constantly working in our lives. Lastly, by sharing what we have learned we can receive feedback and guidance and correction to keep us thinking in accordance with the Truth.
We do not need to know it all before we teach. We will never know all there is to know, and we will never apply the knowledge perfectly in this lifetime. So let’s not wait until never to share a good word!

Writer’s Block

Well, it’s been much to long, and i still don’t feel like i have anything worth saying. I currently feel zapped of all energy. I’ve even done of the sleep nods here at my desk.
I think one of the biggest contributors to my lack of writing is perfectionism. Whatever I write, i want it to be perfect and profound. Now, however, I’m thinking if i wait for that, i might write once a year. So, I’m going to consciously let go of the desire to say something that gets your brain pondering every time i write. Anyway, I’ve been much more of a doer recently than a thinker. So, if you want to hear about how to put together bunkbeds, i can address that in my next blog. If you want to read about the perplexity of free choice and predestination….you might have to wait a while.

The Ugly Side

“The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.”
-James Baldwin

How many times have we jumped excitedly at the opportunity to do something, with a grand vision in our mind of how perfect it will be (or how perfect we will make it when we join up)? Then a month, week, or day into it, we realize things are not quite as good as they seemed from the outside. This will hold true in all areas of life. The reason being of course, is people. Nothing against people (I happen to be one), but anything involving people will never be perfect. There is a “business side” to everything. But the more immature the people involved are, the uglier that business side becomes. When we encounter the ugly side of things, should we run looking for something better? In a few cases, yes. We always have to use our best judgment. But the majority of times there is no danger, other than to our pride, and we should stick out the commitment we have made.
Here are some ideas that I’ve come across while reading. I’ve been able to put them into practice in several situations, and they definitely help.
First, we need to submit ourselves to the leader’s vision. Even if we think they are going about all wrong, we need to submit. No forward progress will ever be made while we are butting heads. Forgive offenses. Be careful not to freeze your perspective of a person based on one instance.
After we submit, we need to find our particular role. When things are just getting started, it is likely we will find ourselves multi-tasking. But, as things begin to take form, we should be able to take a role that plays to our strengths and do our best work in that arena. There should be little to no need for micro-managing.
From there, we need to always keep a positive attitude and search out the best in people and the situation. If you have the opportunity to make suggestions for improvement, do so. Don’t be discouraged if your suggestions are not taken. There are sometimes a couple of good ways to go about something. And when bringing up a problem, make sure you bring along a couple solutions.
Many people choose to work by themselves because they cannot stand working with other people. I can understand the feeling. However, our accomplishments become limited to what we have to offer. We do not have all the resources, knowledge, and abilities wrapped up in one nice little package. Especially as Christians, we need to understand that we are designed to work in community. Only in this will we accomplish everything we were meant to.
“Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.” -1 Corinthians 12:14-15