Monday, July 28, 2008

Even Politicians Know We Must Have Time to Think


In yesterday's New York Times there was a snippet of a conversation caught between Barak Obama and Tory leader David Cameron, while Obama was visiting at Parliament on his recent trip to Europe.


Mr. Cameron: You should be on the beach. You need a break. Well, you need to be able to keep your head together.

Mr. Obama: You’ve got to refresh yourself.

Mr. Cameron: Do you have a break at all?

Mr. Obama: I have not. I am going to take a week in August. But I agree with you that somebody, somebody who had worked in the White House who — not Clinton himself, but somebody who had been close to the process — said that should we be successful, that actually the most important thing you need to do is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you’re doing is thinking. And the biggest mistake that a lot of these folks make is just feeling as if you have to be ...

Mr. Cameron: These guys just chalk your diary up.

Mr. Obama: Right. ... In 15 minute increments and ...

Mr. Cameron: We call it the dentist waiting room. You have to scrap that because you’ve got to have time.

Mr. Obama: And, well, and you start making mistakes or you lose the big picture. Or you lose a sense of, I think you lose a feel ...

Mr. Cameron: Your feeling. And that is exactly what politics is all about. The judgment you bring to make decisions.

Mr. Obama: That’s exactly right. And the truth is that we’ve got a bunch of smart people, I think, who know 10 times more than we do about the specifics of the topics. And so if what you’re trying to do is micromanage and solve everything then you end up being a dilettante, but you have to have enough knowledge to make good judgments about the choices that are presented to you.

If politicians recognize this, how much more do we who are supposedly speaking for God and seeking to communicate his Word to a congregation of people whatever the size.  The demands of ministry seem time and time again to sap every last minute out of the day with no time to just THINK about God and his Word and what God is saying through that Word. 

On the other hand, it is ultimately no one else's fault except our own.  People will take whatever we are willing to give them.  If we set boundaries, they will huff & puff, but we must know our own limits. 

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