Conflicting Messages

randomlychad  —  December 29, 2015 — 3 Comments

The world is a contrary place, full of conflicting messages. We’re told “good things come to those who wait.” That “patience is a virtue.” We’re also told to “grab the bull by the horns,” or “if it’s to be, it’s up to me.” Somehow we’re supposed to be both humble, and yet assertive. Culture tells us we shouldn’t let anyone trample our rights. But then Scripture says (of Jesus, no less) that “He thought equality with God wasn’t something to be grasped.” He humbled himself, taking the form of a servant. Insofar as we can we’re supposed to emulate Him.
 Recently, I found myself at the center of a controversy (of which I knew nothing) regarding cubicle size, and who was going where. Instead of insisting, I said I didn’t care. In fact, I was rather irritated by the office politics. I said I just wanted a spot to put my stuff. Let the other folks preen, jockeying for position.
 I wanted to be above the fray. I mean we have real work to do here…
 Now that we’ve moved, I’m honestly struggling with it. Everyone else in my position class gets their own cube, and I’m sharing with three other folks in an open quad. Yeah, I’m thankful to have a spot, but I’m not less than peers. I work just as hard, having been commended numerous times over the years for exemplary service. I want to be above all of this pertinent, allowing the Lord to reward we in due time. But I also wonder if, being cognizant of the corporate culture, they’re waiting for me to display some initiative, some leadership, some chutzpah.
 I don’t know. I’m conflicted, being all too aware that “Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” I’m thankful to be gainfully employed, have a roof over my head, and a great family…
 And all the times I’ve ever insisted upon my rights have always come back to slap me in the face.
 I suppose the best I can do, and in the words of Charles Williams, is to keep building my altars in one place so that the fire from heaven may fall in another.
 That’s the story of my life.
 How about yours? What conflicting messages do you find yourself struggling with?




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  • Ricky Anderson

    This is an opportunity. Tell them they can gain even more cubicle space if they let you work from home…

  • It’s true, one of the tricky things about not playing by the world’s rules is when the world does something, we have to live with it. Part of that whole “going into the world, but not being of it.” And sometimes that means our rewards come from heaven and not earth. Which is great when we’re in heaven, but kind of sucks when we’re here on earth, ha ha.

    A silver lining is that while others are stuck alone in their cubes, you have the opportunity to be a light to three other people around you. From a certain perspective, you’ve been given more to do for the Kingdom than those cordoned off. You get to be a showcase for God’s love to those around you. Knowing that may not magically make all the difficulty of sharing a space go away, but it can certainly help. When we look through the lens of working for love, a lot of the things we have to deal with change in amazing ways. It’s something that helps me when my family calls me with a computer problem they could solve in two seconds if they just did a Google search. 🙂 I’ve been given this life, and I’ve chosen to give it back, which means if God wants me ministering by solving boring computer woes of my extended family, I hope to do the best job I can for Him. (And of course, He’s patient when I grumble about it, because I certainly grumble more than needed…)

    I also like Ricky’s reply. That’s a great silver lining opportunity right there!