The Right(ish) Tool

The world is full of imperfect tools. If we insist on perfect tools as a condition for doing work, we will leave a lot of work on the table.

The podcast I’ve started is valuable to me, and it utilizes a bundle of flawed tools, namely online recording and editing software that must frustrate the ears off an audiophile. But it’s what I have, and it does what I need it to do. Plus, the work I put into it compensates for some of the tools’ flaws.

There are lots of tools available to churches to do lots of things, from discerning a new way forward to planning a vacation Bible school, and every single one of those tools is flawed. By all means, let’s make our own tools–better tools that are more responsive to our context, more theologically sound, more flexible.

But if the choice is between using an imperfect instrument and doing nothing. Please let’s use the imperfect instrument.

“We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)


6 thoughts on “The Right(ish) Tool

  1. Andy Browne says:

    One of my favorite quotes from a project management class years ago is that “good project managers have no respect whatsoever for what a tool was designed to do – only what they can do with it.”

    And that’s the other side of not demanding perfect tools.

  2. This reminds me of the scene in Apollo 13, when the team on the ground is trying to figure out the landing plan. One line goes, “Ken, you’re telling me what you need. I’m telling you what we have to work with at this point.”

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