As soon as I opened my mouth on Sunday I knew I was addressing a touchy subject. Suggesting that we tend toward mediocrity in 'church land' and that we should seek greatness left me wide open to criticism.
What I attempted to say on Sunday was that greatness is something Jesus invites us to pursue; hence the reference to two 'great' stories from scripture. Church can be great, as HUC seeks to be, and yet isn't held to the same standard that we apply to other areas of our lives.
Secondly, I introduced the book 'Good to Great' by Jim Collins as an example of 'good to great' in the context of leadership, humility (vulnerability) and professional will (kingdom of God).
I do always believe that God invites greatness to come to light. Marianne Williamson that speaks of this, i wish i had read it on Sunday:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”