Different people have different reactions when their ideas are not taken seriously. Some English football managers and lead players play out the process in the press. It is as if their primary concern is posturing, positions, and perception instead of working as a team and winning. In contrast there are those who shun the press, continue to work behind the scenes, and patiently wait for the right results to emerge.
I don’t know which extreme of spot in the middle is the right answer for any given situation. I do know there is a significant difference how one goes about getting ideas taken seriously. As I explore the alternatives and options I find the pivotal difference resting on one’s intent. The drive for principle, results, or personal standing radically shapes the behavior of those involved. It is as if nothing else matters except for the key driver; everything else is truly and completely secondary!
As I reflect on the news reports and other insights I find a pattern emerging. Football and politics do not have a monopoly on selfish behavior. It is alive and well in corporate life. You can find it in any setting where people interact and have relationships. Everyone seems to be struggling with his and her motivation and intent. What will it be? What happens with rejection? Is there a way for both sides to win?
The answer is problematic; it depends.
Yet I find something hopeful and encouraging in the example set by lives shaped by the principles of unconditional compassion, living in community (versus for self), and dedicated to servant relationships (service and leadership). When these come together there is a tangible and experiential difference. Jesus’ answer applies to their lives and relationships. “If anyone hears what I am saying and doesn't take it seriously, I don't reject him. I didn't come to reject the world.” (John 12.47) It is as if the final words are simply this; “I came to make a difference”.
Today is a fresh opportunity to live out our intent. I want to make a difference.
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