Collaboration: When working on a difficult project… isn’t it, often, better to collaborate with others? Often times, in smaller businesses, the Manager and Owner is the same person. In this case, as a committee of one… he makes all the decisions himself, and probably has no one to call on for help, unless it might be an outside contractor, banker… or someone, well… like me, who would help him (you know…the Golden Rule). Typically, though… he has no one to collaborate with…he conceives an idea, thanks about it, plans it out… and executes it.
Over the years… I have been involved in just such a scenario. I’ve been involved in a number of very large companies where STAFF availability was easy to come by… on the various projects at hand. And, in later years… it was mostly ‘just me’ doing everything of consequence. In larger companies, with more staffing available, there would, likely, be teams of people who are assigned to work on particular projects. This would be true in almost all fields of endeavor… manufacturing, government, construction, engineering, transportation, mining, or distribution….even the medical and scientific research areas. Then….how about the Internet…. and all the related technology? Bill Gates and Microsoft was not a “one-man-show.”
When COLLABORATING with others that are capable, reliable, trained, committed… and interested in the same endeavor… we stand a better chance of coming up with a better end-product. What is the saying: two heads are better than one.
One, then, might wonder: Would collaboration be appropriate in the ‘spiritual arena?’ Seemingly so… Certainly in the training aspects, such as seminaries, religious education… and administratively. So… How about on the “one-on-one” issues? Are we better off collaborating… or, flying ‘solo?’ Bible Study would be a good example… where more heads is better than one. I attend Bible Study with about 20-25 mem, and I can attest that it is a ‘wonderful experience’… each and every week; not to mention the advantage of collaboration.
Some of us… two, or three, and sometimes, even… 6 or 8… might go to breakfast afterwards… and explore specific areas of the Bible that we need ‘extra-help’ on…. collaborating with each other, so as to get a ‘precise, and appropriate… understanding’ of the matter. Being the ‘lone-decision-maker,’ even in the SPIRITUAL context, is not a good thing.
Making a spiritual commitment, is NEVER an individual decision… we humans are just not capable of doing it by ourselves. God is ALWAYS part of the COLLABORATION. We cannot do it alone. Think about it from a ‘marital and family standpoint.’ Getting married, is often thought to take ‘just two’ people. Not so… or shouldn’t be. God is ‘part and parcel’ of the package. Leave God out… and you destined for calamity.
Romans 12:4-6 – For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith. 1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
…Blessings… as we seek COLLORBATION with God. …2/10/2018