You would have loved the dinner conversation. Bright people, employees of a large corporation meeting at a regional sales conference discussing their personal views of how much the organization cares about its employees after a long, late dinner. The scene could be one out of several B movies. Greed, ambition, status, and winning are the corporate mantra. Against all odds, employees fight the system only to discover that they are part of the process themselves. Nobody really cares about the individual, especially when you look in comparison to yesterday. Our only hope for the future is – opinions and thoughts divide widely at this point.
This conversation was in Barcelona; it just as easily could have been work in New York for any company, a PTA in California, or a church of any faith or creed anywhere in the world. People often feel that nobody appreciates who they are, what they do, and the potential they have within to become. It was better yesterday. If only we had known and stuck to those values, priorities, and relationships!
It may have been but it was not. Yesterday, our fight for what we could be echoed on a different stage that carried no more hope than today. We always face the same issue. Who is going to lead and carry us into battle? We know we cannot do it on our own. Nobody seems to be on our side! Nobody recognizes the potential we all carry. Nobody fights our battles except the God of Abraham, Joshua, Paul, and Bill.
“Abraham was first named ‘father’ and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyways, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do, but on what God said he would do.” (Romans 4.17,18)
God calls us beloved and his chosen. God gives us unconditional acceptance, love, and grace just to begin our potential. Image the ending!