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Are You A Part Of The Building?

If you've been rockin' with me for a while, you know I wasn't always a business owner. I worked in Corporate America for almost 20 years. My last job there was a quasi-tech related role. I was an operations analyst who had to know enough about the systems to explain their functions to others and enough about the business to understand how to the two worked together. At times, it was very complicated. In large part, because we were still working with what we called legacy systems. 

For the uninitiated, legacy systems are systems that have been around a business for a long time. They may be the original systems the business used to get work done. But as technology advances and business grows, new systems are needed, created, and/or purchased. In my experience, it is very challenging for big businesses to say goodbye to legacy systems (there's a lesson there for somebody).

As a result, legacy systems are permitted to stick around, because unwinding them may not be worth the time, effort, and money. So what do you do? You tell your tech experts to make it work. That is, make the legacy system and the new system talk to each other and play nicely in the sandbox together. Often, this happens by way of patches.

If only it were that simple. Here's what a patch really is: Imagine meeting someone and you don't speak the same language. Uh oh. And now, a third person who speaks your languages has to translate for both of you. See where this is going? It's going to take time and effort for you to learn and understand each others languages. It's what needs to happen so everyone in the sandbox will learn how to talk to one another. Talking is good. But most importantly, you need to listen. 

It's what Paul was saying in his letter to the church at Ephesus in Ephesians 2.22: And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. There was a heated debate going on about who was and was not a part of the system. Jews thought the Gentiles were patches and therefore, not a part of the system. Paul says, "Naw, dawg. We're being built together in Jesus Christ and because of Him, the Spirit of God lives in us. We ALL IN!" 

Like legacy systems and new systems, Jews and Gentiles were not playing well in the sandbox together. The patches that were in place weren't working. As Jews saw it, patches were not a part of the original system and they weren't welcome. Well, that's what some folk thought. But Paul came to get these cats straight on this, because they were struggling with it.

He let them know that even though the two systems weren't exactly a good fit and didn't talk to each other as well as they could or should have, each was needed. As for the belief that either was a patch, Paul essentially says, "There will be none of that! You are ALL a part of the system! You are not a patch!"

So what's this mean for you? You are a part of something! Hopefully, it's a good building. Because you weren't just added to the building. You are part of the building!

WordTalk Wisdom: You are a part of the building. Know it. Act like it. 

Speaking Life Into Your Existence™,

Eric