By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
One of my favorite Christian writers is John Maxwell. He’s not only respected in Christian circles but also a sought-out speaker in the business world. One of the key things that he strives to teach through his books, videos, and speaking engagements is building relationships. To illustrate, he shared a story about a CEO who requested his help. John was brought in to take him to the next level. On the first day of working with his client, John was waiting outside of the office. He noticed that his client rushed out of an elevator without pausing to notice anyone and made a hurried straight line to his office. John asked him, “What’s the hurry?” He responded, “I have a lot of work to do today.” At that, John paused and said, “It seems to me, you just walked past your most important work!”
Often, the process of building, repairing, and strengthening relationships is not viewed as work. Typically, many view real work as getting things done and making things happen. Therefore, in our busy Northern Virginia area, the need for relationship building is not a high priority. However, business pundits point to the ability to get along with others as the number one job skill. Much of what we accomplish at work and school is done in a network of social interaction that requires a high level of interpersonal and relational ability.
There are many who point to the demise of the church in the West, but this central need for relationship will not go away. Therefore, the Church will thrive if she understands that her main work is to build, heal, and strengthen our relationship with one another in Christ. As Trinity holds Town Hall meetings to adapt and change for the future, I pray that we keep this central work in mind as we converse about God’s future for Trinity.