Anytime someone comes into my office and asks me about our strategy I naturally begin to reach for the dry markers and the white board. As I draw pictures of today and tomorrow I am looking for a sign that they are emotionally falling into the dream or resting on their skepticism. If the analysis indicates that they are a skeptic no matter what I have or will say then there is only one answer. I immediately invite them, schedule, and take them to see the operational environment in Chennai India.
As I struggle in my efforts to demonstrate that something can be done search my files and memories for a working example of where the approach I am advocating works. As I inevitably find myself with one or two alternatives I begin a imaginary scene of playing the scenarios out in front of the audience. After analyzing the response, the credibility of my answers to my audience I find myself coming back to the one answer that is irrefutable. I then take the approach I know works. I take them to see, meet, and experience the people in Chennai India. Anything and everything is possible.
I look around at the pain and suffering I am find myself struggling to find any alternatives that might work. The depth of pain and suffering in the lives of others is beyond my ability to comprehend. The struggle for self esteem is even greater than I imagined. The sense of impending doom coupled with the loss of hope is darker than anything I have had to face. Everything is at risk. The breath, depth, and endless versions of the problems are overwhelming to even consider. In my experience I find that Andrew’s solution that John writes about is the only answer. “He immediately led him to Jesus.” (John 1.42)
We may not like mysteries existing anywhere except in a paperback, but mysteries are a part of life that will not be resolved for a time yet.
We may not have answers but answers can be found – in the Cross.