Just recently I submitted a report for one of my graduate school classes that presented a reflection on a case study that examined the leadership practices of New Zealand government chief executives (I know, it's very specific). The goal of the report was to provide an analysis of the case study that would transfer to impacting my own leadership practices. So I did. I analyzed the study, collected the necessary information, and confidently turned in my assignment. A week later, I received a notification in my inbox that my report had been graded and that it included comments from my Professor (which was not that unusual). So, with curiosity, I went to check on my grade and read my professor's thoughts. Although I graded well on the assignment, my professor did offer a few comments that were enlightening.
Apparently, even though I had properly analyzed the research of the case study and transferred the correct data into my own leadership context, I had completely missed the heart of what the author of the case study was trying to communicate and thus missed the deeper message. This oversight, according to my professor, would, in the long run, undermine the changes I proposed and make its success difficult.
It could be said that with regard to my report, I took the sprinkles but left the cake.
And that got me thinking, not just about my paper, but about faith. Could it be possible that when it comes to our faith, many of us have been feasting on sprinkles while the cake beneath has been left untouched? Or to put it in another way (without using cake), could it be possible that we could know a great many details about the Scriptures but miss the deeper meaning these details are meant to point to, kind of like knowing the actors but not the story? If so, what are the implications for not only how we experience the presence of God in our lives but also for who we express his presence in the world around us?
Join us this Sunday as we begin our new Lenten series, Missio Dei: Telling the Story, where we'll seek to explore the deeper message of the Biblical story expressed in the mission of God, and its implications for our lives.