Last Chapters

23/Apr/2011

I finally finished up the last chapters of the first book. I know, I’m cutting it close. Let me clue you in to my personality. I just downloaded a list making app for my computer: iProcrastinate. Yeah, that’s me. ANYWAY, here are my thoughts on the last four chapters.
Chapter 5 is on the way different people handle crises. The most illuminating thought here (to me) was that some people are what I would call planners and others are reactors. On some level we need both. Planners decide early how they are going to handle a crisis and when the event happens, they follow their plan and done. Reactors don’t worry about a crisis until it happens. They take all the options available to them, choose a route and fix the problem. Without reactors, we would not necessarily know there is another valid way (perhaps better) to handle a problem/crisis.
The important thing for someone entering a new culture is to accept their way of handling crisis. Don’t consider it invalid because it’s not the way you would do things. Most of the time, both types of people will handle the crisis well but it will look VERY different and have different timing. This doesn’t mean that one kind of person is more lazy or careless than the other. Just different.
Chapter 6 covers goals and what is more important in different cultures. Is it people or the task? As with most things with this kind of internal tension, you need a balance of both. But it is important to recognize where we tend to default as a culture and as an individual and how the society you are trying to minister to defaults. If you tend to be more task oriented (focused on the task at hand and making sure it gets done in a timely manner no matter what) and you are trying to minister to a people oriented culture (focused on the people around them and building relationships at the expense of the task taking longer to complete) it will be a difficult but necessary transition to focus on the people around you. It’s painful for us, as Americans, to let that go. We have been taught all our lives to be efficient and get things done. We are expected to get the job done no matter what happens. That is difficult to transition away from because it makes us feel guilty and lazy. However, you have to remember that people really are the important thing. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for our tasks, He died for our souls. He died to make a way for us to be with Him forever. Man, that’s hard to remember! People are the important thing. Now, not every culture lives that way and you have to be sensitive to that.
Ok, this is getting long, I’ll break it into at least one more post.

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