Monaco is an amazing place, especially during the annual Formula 1 race. In all the show and glitz, Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis, and of course the incredible yachts, were more policemen than I have ever seen in one spot. They were everywhere! They were visible, observant, and alert. Yet these policemen seem to have a full understanding of their roles. In addition to protecting the peace, guarding the innocent, and crime prevention, they were they to help with directions, opine on where one could find restaurants, and in general be an ambassador for the Kingdom. Expressionless unless asked, they were friendly and professional. Even when they searched our bags and helped support each check-point, things were done with quickly, efficiently, and with minimal invasion to one’s personal space.
I wish more security personnel around the world took lessons! Imagine a world where airport security reflected these values, even when you are SSSS (my interpretation is special search security sensitive, possible terrorist). Consider the encounter when you are in trouble with the London Underground ticket inspectors, especially when you know you are innocent but they don’t. First hand experience with both suggests there is no common sense, awareness, or sensitivity involved much less a referral to the local bistro. It is like an experience with a robot; don’t expect humor, insight, and interaction!
In the midst of this I found reason to pause and consider my role with the people I meet. Do I see the bigger picture or the narrow focus? Far too often it seems that I am trying to play all roles. Yet even a prophet pointed out that there was a role another would play; “when he comes, he'll expose the error of the godless world's view of sin, righteousness, and judgment.” (John 16.8) Do I understand my role and its boundaries?
God asks each to be involved but not to do everything. On a bright day with clouds rolling in anything is possible. Follow the Spirit’s lead and amazing things are happen. Remember to give others space for their engagement and contribution.
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