I hit a moose once. I didn’t hit her with a car or truck but rather with a canoe. I was on a canoe trip in Northern Canada, north of Wa-Wa. I was canoeing around a bend in a river. It was a fast section of the river. To our surprise, standing in the river was ma-ma moose and a calf. We both stopped paddling and stared at the beautiful site. However, our canoe continued to move on down the river. At the same moment my canoe partner and I both realized that we were on a collision course with the cow moose. Thinking that it may be a bad idea to goose a moose we both decided to try and guide our canoe away from ma-ma.
Since, we were not working together and choose to react instead of communicate, we managed to turn the canoe sideways in the river. We guaranteed the canoe and moose collision.
So we hit the moose. It was a thrill. It was about as exciting as being chased by a crazy dog. Moose butt hitting Old Town canoe. We watched in amazement as mom and baby ran down the river splashing water everywhere and then disappeared into the thick Canadian woods.
We would have avoided this moment of excitement if my canoe partner and I had managed to communicate and work together. Instead we both reacted. I believe that many couples, work-teams and partners in ministry do the same thing. They face a crisis and then they create a new problem by everyone reacting independently of each other. Thus guaranteeing a huge crisis for everyone involved. Most all crises that we face are not such an emergency that we do not have the time to communicate and then act together in a thoughtful manner. So slow down! Communicate-“Hey, we are going to hit the moose.” Create a plan, “Hey, Joe you steer the canoe, I’ll paddle.” Then do it- “Great idea, let’s go!” Then move on around the obstacle. “Wow, was that ever close!”
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