Tuesday: 26th November, 2019
Reference text: Daniel 2:31-45
Daniel 2:32,33 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
When there are too many variables, finding solutions and harmony become difficult. The statue in today’s text is described as having components of gold, silver, bronze, iron and clay. In effect, it was made up of materials which differed in a lot of things including strength, cost, reactivity with the environment, aesthetics etc. One would hardly witness a scenario where such a mix would be employed to create a structure meant to stand the test of time because there won’t be one.
In a team, differences are embraced because it presents a diversity of opinions consequently, a flurry of novel ideas. However, what should be celebrated is not this difference, but the complementation that comes with it. Extreme differences eventually creates a divide and this is evident not only in a teams, but also in relationships. What are considered difference, must harmonise in a way that creates a stronger unit.
Even then, like iron and clay, some differences will remain diverging regardless of significant attempts at harmonisation. It is the ability then to navigate around these differences without going in opposite directions which will define an effective partnership.