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Nov 6

Avoiding Crashes!

A few years ago, NASA made a costly and embarrassing mistake when the $200 million Mars Climate Orbiter crashed. The space craft flew too close the planet’s atmosphere and burned up. The reason for the orbiter’s obliteration was extremely embarrassing.
 
NASA’s error occurred because two different engineering teams were working on the project and failed to communicate. The first team used metric measurements, while the other team worked with the English system of measurement. The Lockhead engineering team built the Orbiter, but the NASA engineering jet propulsion lab controlled it. The engineers at Lockhead used pounds and feet while the NASA teammates used kilograms and meters. The failure to communicate as a cohesive team produced an embarrassing, costly and wasteful failure.
 
Wise people learn from the mistakes of others. Turn on your attention and chalk-up these lessons:

1. Effective teamwork requires constant and open communication. Transparency creates trust. Let everyone know their assignment and communicate the larger purposes.
 
2. Endeavor to speak the same language. Don’t mix “meters” with “yards.” Try to compare apples to apples. Keep your communication simple and direct. Eliminate the verbal detours. If the message is extremely important, be sure to write it out.
 
3. Adhere to a common standard of measurement. Identify and clearly define your targets.
 
For the team who follows Christ, the Lord has clearly communicated our purpose and standard. Jesus instructed, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength. This is the greatest commandment. And love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) When you adhere to God’s clear measurements and calibrate your life to His standard of love, then you will avoid embarrassing, costly and wasteful crashes!

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