Organizations have mottos and missions. In theory the words and pictures in these statements define the overall intent people involved hope to realize. I have the unique fortune to be sitting at the heart of our corporate mission with specific accountabilities on realizing the reality of our words. We want to be client led and solution driven.
When one sees corporate life for what it is, good, bad, success, and opportunity, things do not look quite so clear. My job is primarily about giving individuals clear choices. In the end if they choose the mission centric way then I will be successful; if not then we will carry on as we have in the past.
There are many striving to realize something different in the people around them. Sport coaches and managers have a vision of what the team and individuals need. Their role is all about presenting opportunities for individuals and teams to excel. Tinker too much, confuse those involved, and you will lose your job. In contrast politicians talk a lot about change but don’t really present clear options. I used to think I knew the difference between someone who was New Labour and one who was Conservative. Today as I follow politics nothing is clear. Republicans behave like Democrats, and vice versa. The question is about choices and what results; but is it clear?
God has a clear mission with two interlocking pieces. First, he is working to show the world that God and love are one and the same. Everything about God revolves around the metaphors of compassion, mercy, and relentless action. Second, we have cast our initial ballots and said that God isn’t love or anything that goes with those words. God is working to give us a fresh opportunity to see the evidence and engage in the new opportunity.
The result of God’s mission comes with our choice. “Just as the Father has life in himself, he has conferred on the Son life in himself.” (John 5.26)
The question is; are we in the game? Can we see the choice?