Monday, April 22, 2013

Faster, Cheaper, Greater

One of the blogs I read recently ran a posting about how a company or freelancer can have two of the three following qualities – but not all three.

  • ·         Fast
  • ·         Cheap
  • ·         Great

This seemed true. The illusive “sweet spot” would be where all three could be had is unattainable. Best go for two out of three.

This got me to wondering. What about for we who follow Christ? What might our Venn diagram be?

I think the three for Christians would be

  • ·         Wait
  • ·         Be Generous
  • ·         Practice Humility

All three fly in the face out our cultural reality. In a world that screams to us faster-cheaper-greater (do more with less,) God whispers to us the Way to bring heavenly reality (Kingdom of God) into the middle of every life situation. Wait for the right time, be generous, and practice humility.

What do you think? Is a change of mind in order? Want to try for the sweet spot? Is that what God wants for all of Creation? For you?

Here are some things God says;

…but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 41:31 (NRSV)

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6 (NRSV)

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” Mark 1:15 (NRSV)

 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Luke 14:28 (NRSV)

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? Matthew 16:24-26 (NRSV)

Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Luke 9:48 (NRSV)

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