Taking action is often seen as an individual act. It is. However, great actions often involved more than just one. Others are involved, often many beyond the vision of the one making the call. When the call comes, what unfolds is the expression of how others exercise their freedom and belief.
It is easy to dismiss calls to action when it is your job. Did the soldiers have any choice then “the captain called up two centurions? ‘Get two hundred soldiers ready to go immediately to Caesarea. Also seventy cavalry and two hundred light infantry. I want them ready to march by nine o’clock tonight.’” (Acts 23.23) I would suggest that responding may not have been much of an option, however how one responded always is.
I am facing mountain size obstacles. The solution(s) are not obvious. Even the approach to the unknowns is shrouded in shifting facts. I could try to solve them on my own. I know this path will only bring failure.
The answer lies in a call to action. I need more than the facts. I need belief. I need more than a response. I need trust. I need more than an obligation. I need faith and passion. I need others filled with belief, trust, and intense, obsessive faith. I need others that are willing to commit.
Even if I am able to get this, we may not achieve our desired outcomes. We will have a chance. I believe it is a good one. However, it is a path filled with adversaries, battles, and mistakes. Sticking together will not be easy.
My natural tendency is to push out on my own, calling others to follow. I am fighting this path, taking another I believe has greater promise.
I am not calling others to follow, I am calling others to understand and embrace the problem. I am offering choices, listening to their perspectives, willing to explain how we can win while reaching for something beyond.
I need the wisdom of others. I need the strength they can bring. We are stronger than I.