Wednesday, May 2, 2007

the House Sitter

In his book entitled "Step by Step," James Petty offers a sort of allegory of a house sitter who volunteers to do landscaping for a couple who has left town without giving him explicit directions for what they want. On pages 165 and 166 he suggests three possible strategies:

1. Guess what the owners might want, by using clues they have left around the house and piecing together what you might hope was their plan. This strategy
requires you to "try to discover the will of God."

2. Wait for a call from the owners directly and thereby take all of the guesswork out of the project. Avoid doing the wrong work. For guidance, this strategy says, wait on the Lord for an unambiguous message. Don't try to figure it out!

3. Study who the owners are, their preferences and style, and develop a plan that reflects these things.

Then he asks: "Which is closest to the biblical model?"

Well, since I've pretty much exhausted #1 and #2, I'm going to go out on a limb and say #3 Alex.

He calls #3 the "Wisdom Model," which focuses on getting to know the landlord personally, his preferences, his books, his journal, all about the landlord. Then the work becomes a gift reflecting the depth of the relationship with the owner.

Very, very helpful - thanks again CCEF people!

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