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I co-hosted a party today. It was a preview party for a new issue of a magazine called Seedlinks. I've not written about Seedlinks before. Nor, have I written much about my work life. But, I'm making time for it because I work for a really awesome non-profit and because I work with missionaries with really awesome stories. And, because I believe we can end Bible poverty in really awesome ways—together.
Hosting parties is not on my job description. I just shared an idea. And, someone liked the idea enough to let it live. And, others enjoyed the idea enough to add value to it. Job descriptions are useful and necessary. But, stepping out of the box is a useful and necessary activity, too.
So, what was the big idea? Well, several staff members came together to hear stories and ask questions about the new issue. We have long poured resources into the magazine, and our readers have enjoyed the publication. But, we had never gathered an interdepartmental team to learn about the project. Silo is a hot word in the business world but teamwork was an even hotter word at The Seed Company today.
After driving home, getting dinner on the table and our toddler into bed, I read a Relevant article that summed up the entire day for me. It's titled, "Before You Can Change The World..." I want you to read it but let me share one blurb "Our good works are not the purpose of our calling...No, our calling is to bear fruit from above...It is primarily in this way that we are made useful in the work of justice."
I loved that the author, Michael Wear, included Scriptures from Psalm 92 (I was just in that passage on Sunday): “Those who are devoted to God will flourish like budding date-palm trees; they will grow strong and tall like cedars in Lebanon. Those planted in the house of the Eternal will thrive in the courts of our God. They will bear fruit into old age; even in winter, they will be green and full of sap to display that the Eternal is righteous. He is my rock, and there is no shadow of evil in Him" (The Voice).
So, the really big idea was that we came together. We could have stayed safe at our desks and within our job descriptions, but we didn't. We chose to work in a those-and-they fashion to share the spread the Word. This holy and honorable work of translating the Bible into the everyday language of common men and women is a work that must be done together. It might not have been a news-breaking, earth-shattering activity. But, it was fruitful.