Administration is a challenge (read: stinks!)
Here we are (all people) always about the business of doing the things we think are the most meaningful in life: making a difference, aspiring to be the best, working for a cause, loving our family, etc, but then comes the ‘no-fun’ part: planning things out, playing by the rules, balancing the checkbook, organizing the paperwork, paying the electric bill.
In my experience… every hour I spend doing ‘meaningful’ stuff (like feeding the homeless a nutritious lunch) takes three hours of administration: getting enough money (to buy stuff); the right supplies (shopping, shopping, shopping); the right contacts (making phone calls); the right people (asking for volunteers); the right location and transportation (who will drive, where are we going?).
Many religions of the world encourage people to ‘float away’. They encourage focusing completely on spiritual things. They encourage a complete disregard for ‘money’ and ‘planning’. They discourage ‘the cares of the world’ and instead focus on long hours meditating, praying, etc. They discourage practical issues of ‘planning’ in favor of spiritual goals of ‘loving’: but the REAL life of faith requires both.
The Christian faith (and the Jewish faith before it) learned early on (as far back as Moses) that administration was a vital cause within the spiritual framework. I’d like to point to Acts 6:1-5. The story is this: two different ethnic groups were arguing; the ‘Hellenists’, Greek-based folks of non-Jewish ethnicity, and the Hebrews (Jewish folks) were at odds over the care (in terms of providing meals and support) of their widows. Presumably, each was accusing the other and making a bad name for all the good the newly forming Christian community was trying to do. The result: a call to ADMINISTRATION:
Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait on tables.Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.”
So, all of this is really a long way of saying that even God couldn’t get around the necessity of administration 🙂
So… we might as well embrace it too… it does play a part in making a difference!