At times I struggle being a part of “ready-made” groups. I wonder how many other people wrestle with this, yet remain. Why do I struggle? Is it the “rules”? Could it be the people? Maybe it is a combination of both…or neither? Maybe it is it me?
“Master,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” —Luke 9:49-50
“Ready-made” groups, I find, are interesting assemblies. People join them for different reasons, one of which is that of making a commitment to support its purpose, cause, and/or mission. Then, oftentimes, the big picture is loss. Members become territorial about the goal. Why does this happen? Why do people become bothered if they see someone outside of the group promoting the cause? Hence, my struggle.
These days, I regularly remind myself and others, “What is the big picture?” Being clear about the goal settles me down. It shows me my allies, as well as, my opposition. It enables me to appreciate the skillsets, talents, gifts, and creativity of my associates, especially when they differ from mine. It makes things simple, increasing my awareness about the group’s true members. Do you know your Family?