Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
At the recent Annual Meeting of the Residents’ Council, I made a HUGE gaff. I did not catch it until it was too late. I proved that I, too, am guilty of being influenced by CONTROL instead of GRACE.
All I had intended to do was to affirm the outgoing leadership team, and offer support to the incoming team. Without thinking, I resorted to the traditional and divisive words: “…and now the GAVEL is passed…!” Thankfully, outgoing chairperson, David Pyle, assured us that Residents’ Council does not own a gavel. YAY!
Your question is: “So what is the big deal about a simple gavel?” My gaff raises for me the issue of what is our core value as to how we live and treat others locally, nationally, and internationally.
You see, a “gavel” sends an image of CONTROL: “I am right, and you will do as I say!” …and down comes the gavel. My way, or get out of my way. No matter who you are or what you believe, you are wrong and expendable.
A “gavel” contains no image of GRACE being extended. When we remember that “grace is receiving what we do not deserve,” we remember that each of us have been the recipient of grace many times over!
I raise a deep concern that many people, even some of us, prefer a life based on “I want it the way it used to be when I and mine were in control.” This translates into getting rid of those with whom we do not agree.
How much better for all if we could live “grace-filled” lives in pursuit of what is best for all, not just for those who are in “control.” What a difference it would make