The call was scheduled at 8 am. On a normal day this would have been fine. The difference today was that two of us had already been on calls for over an hour. The report we were supposed to discuss had not arrived in advance. As a result, everyone was going into the call blind.
The young analyst leading the call had a goal. She needed our agreement. She had diligently reviewed the data, and without knowing the business or the organization documented her analysis. She wanted to know what, if anything, was wrong. Even as I assured her that her analysis was robust, I reminded her that the facts were not the whole story. There was more. We owed our readers a story that helped them understand more than the numbers revealed.
The proposal was not convenient. She wanted a response, now. Doing the right thing is not always the easy path. The model set out many generations ago for dealing with tough issues still applies. “Bring it out in the open and deal with it in the authority of Jesus our Master [truth]. Assemble the community—I’ll be present in spirit with you and our Master Jesus will be present in power.” (1 Corinthians 5.4)
We will assemble the team, review the facts, and work on telling a truth filled story. There are reasons for our commentary. As in all quests, when rationale is shaped by truth and driven by compassion, there is an opportunity take great strides.
In an age of independence, there is an alternative. Collective wisdom with the right foundation has the ability to make a difference in your life and mine. While we have the responsibility and accountability for how we exercise our freedom, truth-filled communities can help us be more than we otherwise would be.
Today is already well underway. As my time of reflection bears fruit, I find myself holding Hope’s hand. Communities create life. They strengthen and nurture. They support and comfort. They are a part of our journey, making a difference when we open the door.