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That may not be something you hear very often, but it's how we understand what is taking place in the Roundhouse and in all the work you do, whatever your role might be.
There are at least two ways that being Stewards of the Divine Zoom Paradox applies to those of you called to public service in government. The first is pretty simple, but it's easy to overlook.As you tend to your work, keep in mind the benefit of zooming in and out often. It's called perspective. As you attend to the specificity of a bill or a measure or a law, it would be easy to get caught up in the minutia. But if you can stand back far enough to recognize how your work relates to the common good of all the people you serve, remembering that the welfare of any community is ultimately measured by the well-being of those who are most marginalized or who are in the situations of greatest hardship. This gives necessary perspective to all your efforts.
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And as you keep your eyes on that larger landscape, you may discover new insights that inform and guide your work on the specific measures before you. I recognize that it's not always easy to know when to hold the line, when to compromise, and when to capitulate. But keeping your eye on the bigger picture can provide important perspective.
Sometimes it's simply not the right time or condition for change to happen or for it to happen in the way we think it should. It may be that your task in the moment has to do with planting seeds rather than harvesting the fruit. As you well know, there is value in such effort, even if others can't see it. We want you to know that we in the faith community appreciate your efforts on behalf of the poor and marginalized, even when the time is not right for specific changes that we hope to see.
It is in the willingness to zoom out and in and often over the long haul that we begin to gain the wisdom that is not only a divine gift, but so necessary for faithful public service.
One of my spiritual directors once told me, "Jim do what you're call to with all your heart, but don't attach yourself to the outcome." That is great insight for anyone who is a Steward of the Divine Zoom Paradox, whether your service is through the church or through the public sector. Serve with passion in the specificity of your context. Trust the ultimate outcome to a God whose vision of what will be and whose commitment to bring it to reality far exceeds anything we could possibly imagine.
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