Beware the Camel!

camelsWorking together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain, —1 Corinthians 6:1

I just recently heard the saying, “A camel is  just a horse designed by a committee.” It made me laugh because we have all been there. When you are on a committee, often what started out as a simple idea gets muddled in the abundance of desires and the incorporation of conflicting ideas.

It makes me think about what often happens at church meetings, unfortunately. The ultimate goal sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of details and multiple opinions. Often things don’t get done in the process or good concepts are abandoned, sadly.

I know that so many times the issues are so complex that they cannot be easily solved, but one caveat that came to mind as I contemplated this “camel” conundrum is that when it comes to working together as a team within a church body, we need to do all we can to keep it simple.

By that I mean, we need to always keep the main goal in mind, whether it is serving the community, providing uplifting worship or starting a building project. At every turn or every bottleneck, take a moment to ask as a group, “Which option would be best for reaching our ultimate goal of spreading the Gospel?” and then pray to God for guidance.

“Keeping it simple” also means to me that we should not throw “everything and the kitchen sink” into a project. While there may be many good ideas, we cannot always use them all. Worship, for instance, works best when it has a theme and a flow and a style that is consistent and sends a clear message. A service project, for instance, needs to have one leader who explains the process for all others to follow. A building project must have a design and layout that meets the needs of the congregation without being a hodgepodge of different incongruent rooms.

Easier said than done, I realize, But if we keep in mind that our plan is to work together to achieve the best possible outcome that does the most good for the kingdom of God, we all come out looking more like magnificent horses instead of clunky camels.

2 replies on “Beware the Camel!”

  1. Julie Zimmermann says:

    Ha! Never heard that saying! =)
    I like the idea that any decision made in church (or preschool) meetings should be answered with the mission of the church (school) firmly in mind. If our decisions are aligned with our mission, then we can really get God’s work done!

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