I am in the process of recruiting and empowering a new team. It is a fun process, however it is one potentially filled with pitfalls. In looking at how others have approached this in the past, there are several lessons I find myself using.
We live on a stage. It might be interesting to think that we live in a world defined by boundaries and limits of our making, but this is not our world. Everyone sits out in the open for others to observe. Formally and in the mundane of the day, someone, somewhere is watching. Nobody should be surprised. There are the formal events, like the time when “everybody who was anybody in Caesarea found his way to the Great Hall, along with the top military brass. Agrippa and Bernice made a flourishing grand entrance and took their places. Festus then ordered Paul brought in.” (Acts 25.23) There are also the casual events of grabbing a coffee at work, or shopping for food you will use for dinner. In both extremes as well as everything in the middle, others are interested and watching.
We show our values and priorities through our response to life. We may want to run and hide. We may not have enough energy for the challenges we struggle with. We may think life is unfair. The fear, flight, and fight emotions are very real. They are, at best and worst, distractions pulling us away from the present. The present demands that we act. In doing so, we will show our values. We will tell others of our priorities.
We have been given power and freedom. The gift is without power unless we accept it. It is exercising our freedom that we have it. It is in acting with intent that we have power. The fact that Divinity offers us these gifts is meaningless until you and I do something with them.
As I look for people that I want to work with, I find myself looking for those interested in being on the stage, embracing the present, and living fully.