I am a rule keeper. Not out of some sense of civic duty, I'll admit it.... I'm scared of the punishment, or more truthfully, what people will think of me if I'm caught.
Ok, with that little impromptu therapy session out of the way, let me tell a you a little story from a committee meeting I had last night:
This was no ordinary committee. It was more of a "working party". In my Mariposa Mountain church, we are getting ready again to host our Hallowed House - a vibrant insertion of scripture into Halloween, a holiday which is huge in our town.
We spent a lot of money last year and put on a fabulous event for over 250 people. Taking everything we have learned from doing this one event a year ago, we are preparing this years version to reach the same impressive visual standard, while trying to spend half as much money telling the story of Gods Creation as found in Genesis. We think our plans are on track.
Last night, Day 4 came in with a plan. It was good. It had that wow factor we were still lacking. Only... he was 3x over budget! And he was on the church board that only last week decided we had to be really careful with our funds, as collections are not matching expenditures right now.
Was he crazy? No.
He had a scaled down version that did more closely fit the budget. But... he kept the big picture in his mind, and did not limit his research and possibilities to his one part. This way, his work, efforts and presence on the team made sure we as a group were much better than the sum of our parts.
The result? We ended up spending the extra money! The wow factor that just about any event needs to attract the public made the purchase not only palatable, but essential.
So, looking at the big picture, the end from the beginning, go bend some rules in the context of making this journey better for others trying to get through the day - who as yet, do not have the light needed to see what is going on.