In my early days at Tyndale, I remember making a comment in an Executive Leadership meeting: “I always feel like I’m being a wet blanket.” Mike Potter (the Principal) said “That’s your role Andrew – we depend on someone to keep us in check.” That was affirming! I took on that mantle with joy and can remember some time later saying “I’m being a wet blanket ‘cos that’s my role.” and Mike said “Steady Andrew – don’t overplay it.”
This brings me to the topic about finding a balance between faith and caution and looking positively at the different contributions brought to decision making.
Is there an answer in the Bible?
The Bible is full of contrasts, and it is easy to find scriptural references for being cautious, prudent, measured and faith-filled:
We're chalk and cheese
We can sometimes feel that we are thinking on a different plane to those we work closely with. Business managers and principals work closely with each other, yet might see things a little differently. The stereotypical accountant is sometimes portrayed as a very conservative, cautious animal and not prone to taking risks. Of course, this isn’t us – it’s them over there. Principals, by virtue of their role and career path might want to optimise the use of resources for the education of students (as we all should).
It might seem like the contrast is stark, as shown in each column of the following table:
Maybe it's not about who's right or wrong
We know from scripture that the Body of Christ is made up of people performing different roles and applying their strengths and skills to the tasks at hand. It's marvellous that this is also reflected in how we think about roles in teams. It's amazing how the Bible is timeless and relevant! Remember the verse in 1 Corinthians 12:21 ‘The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!"’
We need to look at what each of us brings to the table and to understand the insightful perspective that can be gained. Look at how we can see the perspectives from the table above presented differently when we reflect on these from a positive, collaborative viewpoint:
A fresh perspective
I hope that, irrespective whether you are on the left or the right side of the ledger, that you are able to see the perspective brought by others and through collaboration and committing your work to the Lord and understanding His will , ‘with many advisers you will succeed’.