I am currently on a short-term assignment. It will be difficult. It will be rewarding at times, frustrating as well. The financial rewards and expenses are clear. The only thing in question is what I will give.
It would be reasonable to suggest that I should not even bring up the last statement. After all, I willingly signed up for this! While the statement is factually true, it is also conditional on the shared view of what the situation would be like. I committed with an understanding of how much effort would be involved. I sign the contract with an implicit guarantee that my role was defined and understood. I agreed to the overall goals in context of the degree of difficulty. I could argue that everything changes when the facts are understood.
I could but I would then be making a conditional promise. Candidly, if it was conditional it is important to me that the other party knew and understood this fact. They did not, so I am in. I am committed to doing what is honorable, even if it is harder than anyone anticipated.
Even as I write these words, I can feel the tiredness creeping in. There is a lot to be done! I am selling and communicating far more than anyone indicated would be necessary. The tasks are endless. The demands are incessant. The potential opportunity keeps expanding.
Is this challenge greater than what I was told? Yes.
Is the need to communicate something that should have been done before I arrived? Yes.
Is there any guarantee that I will be successful? Guarantee, no, Hope, yes.
I have watched others take on the impossible before me. Great people have taken on great challenges. I would like to act as they have done. I hope I can say what Paul said; “I’ve done my best for you, given you my all, held back nothing of God’s will for you.” (Acts 20.27) It will require balance, but it is a worthwhile calling. It will demand my attention. I can make a difference that matters.