As I look at the bullet points spread across four pages in my A4 notebook, it is not hard to imagine everything spiraling out of control. Normally, this realization would push me into a state of mild depression. However, this time I find myself filled with energy and hope. I know far too many around me that are struggling with a variation of my conundrum. While it is not going to be easy, there are reasons that we should wake smiling on the day.
I have a working list of opportunities that reflects reality. My list may not be complete, most lists never are. It is directionally accurate. Knowing where one stands along with the needs and wants positions one to act. Without that, ignorance dominates.
I am working with a community that is willing to be part of the solution. I am a part of several teams. The immediate team I work with is already special. They are veterans of other campaigns. Their values and priorities are directionally aligned with mine. Our diversity with shared commitment positions us to do great things.
We are working to stay organized. On a regular basis, we circle back to our arrangements. The idea is that we leverage each other in our diversity and abilities. It is an old model. When authorities decided, “as soon as arrangements were complete for our [the prisoners] sailing to Italy, Paul and a few other prisoners were placed under the supervision of a centurion named Julius, a member of an elite guard.” (Acts 27.1) Not everyone had to do everything.
We are sharing our insights, describing our uncertainties. There is a harsh yet hopeful reality to our ideals. We do not have perfect vision. We need the insights of the other. We can do more together than any of us can do alone.
It is still early in the morning. The relentless travel has brought a weariness that is hard to shake. The community’s energy brings a sense of hope. There are possibilities to be discovered and embraced. Together, anything can be possible.