At work today, I had to face my supervisor and my job evaluation. He based the evaluation on four categories which amounted to the four core values of the company. While I’ve met his expectations in my performance, he surprised me by calling me indispensable to the department. I was humbled and happy about how it went.
I wrote before about what I was taught about understanding culture. Its a way of life. The core values are suppose to be the way of life of the company. I fit into the culture, and, in fact contributed. I’m indispensable.
From the Daily Office today, I read –
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. – Psalm 78: 2-4
The culture of the covenant people of God was to be shaped by an important practice – to hear the Lord’s voice, tell the community what God said and their children what glorious things he’s done. This was to shape the community and the people’s way of life.
The psalmist, also, wrote of an example of a tribe, a people that failed to live this way of life.
The Ephraimites, armed with the bow, turned back on the day of battle. They did not keep God’s covenant, but refused to walk according to his law. They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them. – Psalm 78: 9-11
The defenders of the tribe of Ephraim refused to walk according to what the Lord said and forgot the Lord’s works and wonders. They retreated from battle when they faced the enemy. Their cowardice and lack of inner strength was rooted in refusing to do what they heard and remembering what God did.
There is a God culture. We know it as the Kingdom of God. Simply said, the ancient people of God and the redeemed body of Christ have this in common – listen to the Lord’s voice and remember what the Lord’s done in order to tell the generations to come. A culture of love and truth in practice and testimonies of what our Father has done and is doing.
I was recognized by my work culture as one who fits and contributes to company’s values, the company’s culture.
Are we contributing to the dominant culture Kingdom principles and testimonies of our God that is always good, powerful, loving and active?
Steadfast love and faithfulness cover us.