Cogitations in lieu of active participation in Demand Forecast meeting from 7:30 – 9:00 this morning, and since:
- is it real?
- what difference does it make?
- illusion of control?
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” 1 Cor. 4:20
- Is it real?
- Is it apparent?
- Should it be?
Poorest congressional district in the U.S., walking distance (running distance) from the 7th wealthiest district.
- NO ROLE MODELS/LEADERS
Budget Inputs for 2009:
- Headcount changes
- Travel – non-billable
- Outside services
- Capital expenditures
Desire frustrated, passion unfulfilled, anguish, restrained.
Held at bay.
There is a physical substance to this anguish manifest in an ache in my bosom reminiscent of the groaning of a broken heart, unfulfilled longing, and fervent resolve.
So, I ask you, how does the power manifest itself in our worlds? Does it continue to have tangible expression? Does seeking first the kingdom and His righteousness have practical implications? Does it even have relevant spiritual implications, beyond modern, post-modern, emergent theology and contemporary Christianity? Is it possible for those of us in middle-class, American suburbia, to engage the power of the spirit while simultaneously engaging the need to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, give hope to the hopeless, compassion to the prisoner? Can we make a difference? Can we really make things better? If we give all we have to the poor, but have not love, does it matter? If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around, does it make a sound? If a church exists in the world, and doesn’t have the power of God, does it make a difference? Do we care?
What should we do? Will we do it? When?