It is wonderful to take on a job with a short-term horizon. While others question my sanity in making this decision, I find it quite liberating! I am not worried about my career opportunities. I am not concerned with how the politics play out over the next six months. I am not focused on how much or little I am liked. I love the freedom that comes with all the “I am not” parts of my role.
I am focused on the things that need to be done and the priorities I share with the team. I am concerned with the way the things should be done. I am working to build a foundation that will last well beyond my involvement.
The freedom to act, to make a difference, is energizing. I can choose to do the right thing. I can pursue paths that will lead to a foundation that others can build on. I can be honest, even as others talk as if everything is fine. These are wonderful gifts. Each seems special, even as I catch a glimpse of others that have gone before me. They seem unique, even as I realize that others have had them as well.
A wisdom father reacted to others that questioned his sense of direction. His statement reflects my reaction to the freedom I have recognized. “What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God.” (Acts 20.24)
The opportunity I have at hand is to let go of the obstacles and agendas while focusing on the higher priorities. I received freedom from others even as I discovered that I always had it within my grasp. I find myself with a seat at the table. What happens next is within my control. The outcome is never certain, but that is not the point.
There are needs; I am here. There are opportunities; I am here. There is a chance to make things better; I am here.