I have a front row seat on a couple of guys framing in the other half of the shop breakroom. This is happening right outside my window, the one with a sweeping vista of the shop floor. I also can see pickups, a grader, long lengths of rebar and drums of…something. Probably chocolate milk.
Only one lone employee worked on the header yesterday, nailing in the studs. Today, a twosome works installing the plywood and enclosing the space. They measure. They talk and point. They cut the wood to size. One holds the level and the other uses the pencil. It’s a great picture of teamwork for a shared cause.
But other employees are working outside today. Across the lot, the main office receives a new roof. It’s not the same people working on it each day. The guys rotate. First, a couple of men from the water department stood high, putting the flashing down. Now I see some street team members pounding nails in.
I love this about working down here. There’s a fraternity, a brotherhood of serving together in unity. They get projects done. They’re friends. Whatever it takes, they cover each other. Recently, a coworker lost his cool and spouted vulgarities at another employee. One guy stood up and said, “You need to leave now. ” Two other fellows escorted the offender to the boss for reckoning.
This reminded me of the scene from the movie “Serenity” where Jayne, munching his umpteenth snack, starts to mock Mal’s tragic commitment to the browncoats at the Battle of Serenity. Mal starts to tense.
“You’ll want to leave this room,” Zoe tells Jayne.
Jayne looks at her, chewing.
Jayne ambles out.
How I wish this was a picture of the church. We quickly throw each other under the bus. We jab and poke and criticize. We don’t defend. We don’t extend grace. We uncover and cast blame when we should let love cover a slight. I’m as guilty as anyone. I struggle with letting God mete out rewards when I so want to handle it myself. “Well, they deserve to get what’s coming to them!” Don’t we all? None of us should get grace. None of us should receive mercy or pardon or forgiveness. We’ve all sinned and fallen short. It’s only through the blood of Jesus that we can even begin to live out restoration and wholeness.
We need to change. We need to have the mind of Christ and love our brothers and sister in Christ in tangible and intangible ways. And, why oh why can’t we be friends?! Let our shared cause draw us together. I pray we can learn to foster unity and harmony among those whom Christ calls His own.
I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one–as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. – John 17:21