Marti is a believer in fairies. Say in her presence: “If you really believe, clap your hands,” and vociferous hand-clapping will ensue.
But, on the other hand, she can be the realist, too — insisting on getting to the bottom of things as she did when we sent out our recent open letter stating: “We need to be realistic. Failure is a natural part of this journey we share at the Catch. In fact, (enter fairy dust) we celebrate failure for it is the one thing that we know will turn us around, always forcing us to be transparent with one another, which continually builds the trust we all require in everything we do.” Those are our themes for this week: transparency and trust. These work together; one making the other possible, and failure is a key that unlocks them both.
So she wanted to know why not gain from the Catch citizens valuable insights and understandings with regard to our end-of-the-year fundraising campaign so that we might empower each other to take intelligent risks, while, at the same time, inviting and involving others in the process. (Yes, that was one of Marti’s typical long sentences, I know, but by now you should know this is how Marti presents herself in speech and in writing. Reread the sentence if necessary, if you are like the rest of us scratching our heads saying, “What did she say?”)
But here’s the good news: you responded – BIG TIME. What an encouragement! I will admit that I was initially reluctant about extending this exercise, but we are receiving more responses than I expected, and they are all thoughtful, constructive and very useful.
“No one offered a ‘too bad’ sentence,” Marti excitedly explained, “but put forth extremely well-thought-out understandings. And while each offered their own noteworthy interpretation from their individual perspective, there is a common thread of hope that will prove to be a very handsome return on their investment of time.”
We will be compiling and reporting on the results of your good thinking, but the point today is to thank all those who participated, and to point out how failure is tied to transparency and trust. It’s like Moses, unveiled. What you see is what you get, and what you get is Christ’s power working through fallible, trusting human beings.
“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT)