How do we know that we are doing what God wants us to be doing? How do we know that what we are doing is making a difference?
Over the past few weeks, I've been thinking about whether or not I'm in the right job - as you do. Each day I seem to be fighting the same battles. Each day I seem to be doing much the same thing that I did the day before. Even though everyone wants to believe that the problems are about technology and processes, it's primarily not. It's about people.
The team that I work with have lots of challenges and often they look to me to sort those challenges out. The leadership ask me to get the team to work together, and the members look to me to get management to do what they want.
Neither group particularly respect each other, but I guess that is community. At work we talk about inclusion, but the practice is much harder than the talk. We see this same behaviour reflected in society as a whole.
Over the last couple of months, I have had the incredible fortune of sharing in the community lunch at Te Ao Ngākau (after sometimes having prepared it). What a real blessing that has been! Genuine community facilitated by the Holy Spirit. People connecting over food.
I believe that it was this example of unity, compassion and grace that was prevalent within the early church in Acts.
Thank you Lord for sending us your Holy Spirit, and please continue to empower us to do your work selflessly.