An “indicator” I struggle with is trust. At times, people working with me demonstrate that they do not trust me. I am sympathetic to the conundrum. Corporations are above all loyal to themselves. In general, they act without compassion or considerations for the employees that make life possible and the customers that pay the bills. While caring, the bottom line is that caring takes second place to profits. For many, I am the face, voice, and hands of the company.
The indicator is expressed in several different ways. Individuals act without regard to the expressed priorities of the group. Something else trumps, usually wrapped up in an “I thought this would be better”. Others partially apply the team’s principle or value. An ongoing example plays out in working with other teams. While saying that they agree with an organizational design principle, the individual suggests that there is a local reason for compromise. Usually, I do not hear about it directly. Negotiations are made quietly in the background and compromises put into practice. It is only when I notice the practice that the story is shared.
For most of my life I focused on the break. I believed more information about the idea would be helpful. I was sure that belief in the value or principle was the core. While important, there is more. The question happens in the moments after following. Do I leave them on their own? Will I be there with them, celebrating and supporting?
Others presume that I doubt God because I think something trumps compassion, mercy, and love. I cannot remember ever thinking that way. I do wonder if God is there in the tough times! I doubt, not because the ideas are flawed. I doubt because I wonder if God is in the details of life. Will Divinity be with me always?
Paul reminds me; “God honored the Master’s body by raising it from the grave. He’ll treat yours with the same resurrection power.” (1 Corinthians 6.14) This is a presence that endures and remains always. The reality is here now.