“Meet the brief,” means ‘meet the requirements’ – among other things. Why am I thinking of that? A recent episode of Masterchief Australia saw the departure of one of the favourite competitiors. Her offering was skilled, as had been all that she produced so far in the series, but, you guessed it… it didn’t meet the brief.
It made me think. For those of us who call ourselves Christian, do we ever consider this?
How do we meet the brief?
Well, first of all a question. If you describe yourself as a Christian, what does it mean to you? Asking this of yourself might be a way to measure whether or not you are meeting the brief.
And there is a warning… don’t look at the person next to you in Church, our standard should be Christ. There are many scriptures about comparing ourselves to others. You will find some of them here https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Comparing-Ourselves-To-Others/
William Barclay says of 1 Corinthians 13 that there Paul lists fifteen characteristics of Christian love. I remember having to memorize these at Primary School. They meant nothing to me, and the teacher didn’t explain anything. It was just one of those assignments we had to do. However, as an adult, the chapter has a valuable meaning.
William Barclay’s commentary on 1 Corinthians 13 explains…
Christian beliefs aside, we can use the term to evaluate other areas of our lives.
Do I meet the brief in my work?
If I am employed – do I do the best I can, or do I skimp on some of the tasks?
If I am looking for work – do I look at the criteria and honestly answer my capabilities to perform what is required. (The brief.)
I am a volunteer, do I work as if I am being paid?
Do we meet the brief in our marriages?
Most of us start out wanting to please the person we want to share our lives with, but what happens when the trials and the problems come?
What happens when we seem to be pulling against each other?
Go back and look at the ‘brief.’ Individually first, and then together.
Research is time-consuming, but very addictive. In fact it is like a treasure hunt… for me anyway. When I started the Apostle John Series I thought I was going to write one book. Well, the series was five books long, then came the novella series… and because of the deterioration in my health I wrote the help guide, a non-fiction book.
I hope I am meeting the brief in all areas of my life, health permitting.
Walk softly, and evaluate yourself, not others