Where Do You Go With Your Super-sized Challenges?

by Andy Wood on January 14, 2009

in Enlarging Your Capacity, Gamblers, Hoarders, Insight, Life Currency, LV Alter-egos, LV Cycle

Imagine the looks and the laughs.  You’re a servant – socially, a nobody.  You own no property, have little-to-no money.  On a busy city sidewalk, you are nameless and faceless.

And yet here you are, in the local real estate office, looking for investment properties.

Or maybe sitting around the local JerusaBucks, sipping on a latte and asking some of the locals about business opportunities or stock market preferences.

You’re a legend in your own mind.  But if anyone knew you, they’d laugh you out the door.

Version 2.0

Imagine the awkwardness and anguish.  You’re a servant – socially a nobody.  You own no property, have little-to-no money.  On a busy city sidewalk… well, you get it.

And yet here you are, being asked by the most powerful man you know, to look out for part of his money – more money than you’ve ever seen, much less ever held in your hand.

Echoes of your parents’ proverbs still ring in your ear – stuff like, “A fool and his money are soon parted.

Can’t he find someone else for the job?  This is risky business, and you’re no risk taker.

Isn’t there some hole somewhere…?

Above Your Pay Grade?

How do you handle assignments that are, in the words of the president-elect, “above your pay grade?”

Here are a few options:

1.  If it’s to be, it’s up to me.

That may work for solving an algebra problem or cleaning out the garage.  But when the assignment is God-sized, or at least bigger than you are, Paul’s passion-charged question to the Galatians speaks loudly:

“After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” (Galatians 3:3).

Your answer, assuming you’re in one of the two scenarios above, is “What else is there?  Doesn’t God help those who help themselves”?

Uh, no.

2.  If it’s to be it’s up to thee.

The motto of this person is, “what’s mine is yours” – whoever “you” is – husband, parent(s), adult kids, soon-to-be-former friend, etc.  And that’s especially true when what’s mine is a challenge.
This is your problem to fix.  Don’t just stand there looking at me and my bigger-than-me problem.  Do something!  And let me know how it turns out.

But aren’t we supposed to “get off the island” and trust others?  Don’t we live in an interdependent world and Kingdom?

Interdependent, yes.  Clingy and codependent, not so much.

3.  If it’s to be it’s up to we.

(I’ve given the grammar police the day off.)

This is a far more elegant answer.  It involves cool concepts and buzzwords like synergy, teambuilding, community and networking.  It also has a biblical ring to it.

There is a danger, however.  Zero times zero is still zero.  Multiplied ignorance is still ignorant, and mass stupidity is still stupid.  And groupthink can still turn otherwise intelligent people into a herd of lemmings.

4.  If it’s to be, it’s up to fee.

(Mrs. Pinnell, Miss Finch, and English teachers everywhere – if you’re out there, don’t haunt me or taunt me.  I’m on a roll here.)

Okay, this one’s a stretch, but it’s still a typical solution.  This one says, when there’s a big challenge, go to big people or institutions.  In other words, follow the money.  This inevitably leads to government, big institutions, big corporations.  After all, with the right shareholder or congressional votes, these fat cats have the power to do enormous good.

Or evil.

They can also create longer-term problems with their short-term solutions.  I could create links here, but the simplest thing to do is go to Google News and do a search on “bailout” or “subprime.”  You catch my drift.  Unfortunately, others apparently don’t.

The Point

God-sized assignments, opportunities, or problems were never intended to be solved with boy-sized or girl-sized wisdom or resources.  Even if the boys and girls are big, and legends in their own minds.

God-sized assignments, opportunities, or problems were never intended to be avoided, either.  Life is too short and hell too hot to bury our heads in the sand and hope it will all disappear.

There is one more option:  If it’s to be, it’s up to He.

More tomorrow.

And relax.  The grammar police will be back on duty shortly.

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