Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Operation could not be completed. Invalid Argument

As I was thinking about what to wrote about this morning I thought I'd look on google for an image that represented my thoughts. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes images spark the words into formation and help me to translate my thoughts and experiences. I picked up my ipod to search google but it came up with an error when i tried to do the search. I thought the message was so fitting that I took a picture of it to share with you here.

In working with people I am often presented with or included into various crises or conflict situations. These may be between two young people, between a kid and their teacher, a youth and their family, and sometimes a young renegade and the police. There are situations in which the young people are fine and it is the adults that have the difficulties. And of course I cannot deny that sometimes the greatest source of crisis and conflict simply happen inside my own mind or in my conversations with God. There are some days when all of this happens at once and I feel like no matter what I do that the operation cannot be completed. That all my insights, advice, mentoring, council, and strategy are invalid arguments.

In the past encountering such things may have been a source of frustration but as it is I actually am feeling quite encouraged. I have long ago changed my definition of success to not reflect on the completion of a process but rather on the momentum of the process itself. I have a motorcycle ad up in my office that serves as a reminder of this for me as it states: "its not about the destination but about the journey." Success then is in the honor of being included in peoples wrestling to figure out life. The operation will never be complete. The reminder from my ipod this morning is stop the invalid argument and to just "do life" together. Seeking God in all the countless things that we don't, and may never, have the answers to.
Danny Ferguson
Langley Area Director
Greater Vancouver YFC / Youth Unlimited

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