I’m really good at "taking on the monkey." I have honed my expertise at sensing a problem, overreacting to the situation and inserting myself in order to micromanage the details to completion. In truth, I am pretty good at "gettin’ it done." The only problem is that I am not helping anyone. As good as I may be at executing, I am probably equally effective at telling myself that when I jump in, I am saving the day. Even worse, at times I can become frustrated that I "had to" when, in fact, it was me who chose to take on the situation. I wonder if my desire to be the hero truly "benefits someone else". Or, does it prevent the necessary "chipping away of my own security" which might enable me to help others grow and to help me grow closer to God?
For the last seven years, I have given up bread for Lent, which tends to have consequences for the team in the office (at least for the first two weeks). Perhaps, I need to try something different this year. Prayers for successfully chipping away at what separates you from the Lord!