My devotional today from Leading the Way started with the following statements:
At times, life will seem uncertain. Things we once held as familiar will change. This is when it helps to remember that God never changes. Throughout our trials and struggles, He remains the same – faithful and sure.
Such proper words for the day as the Labor party chooses to depose their current leader, the (ex-)Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd with Julia Gillard, his ex-Deputy. For the first time in history, we have a female Prime Minister – which is something momentous as well. Kevin Rudd’s journey has been a sad one – I was one of the millions of people who liked what I saw and heard whenever he was on TV. I had pictured him as somebody warm and in touch with the people – however, we find out later that he’s an abrasive and verbally abusive taskmaster who makes mistakes after mistakes. Don’t get me wrong, I love working for hard-but-fair taskmasters but sincere compassion has to be present in such a situation. His old catch-cry of ‘working families’ is now lost amongst his big words and nonsensical statements that have neither meaning nor substance. Like many others, I have become disillusioned with him: the advertisements just don’t match the actual product. Whilst I feel sorry for Kevin Rudd, it’s a hard lesson learned for him as well as for us: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” (Will Roger).
On the other hand, I can’t stand Tony Abbott (the leader of the Opposition here) who I believe is a total phoney and a no-finesse opportunistic brute. I believe that the decision to propel Julia Gillard to leadership position is the right one. I like her much better than Tony Abbott. Let’s hope that she can keep her warmth and sincerity, while continue being diplomatic, tough, and fair with her leadership. Onwards and upwards. The latest leadership change does confirm to me that politics is one dirty business. You have to have a strong back, a thick skin and a poker face. No wonder it’s hard to keep a warm and supple heart!
The words from my devotional seem suitable as I face another day still thinking about my friend’s predicament and also coming to my office with my messy long hair (well, in my standard it is!). I can’t put any wax or gel on it since I’m getting a haircut later on today. So I have to face the morning with me looking like a chinese mountain-boy again. 🙂 There are still a couple of loose ends with my research as well that I can’t tie at the moment as I’m waiting for input from several key people, so I just need to stay focused during this uncertain period and soldier on.
My coffee has now been fully consumed and now I’m ready to face the day! 🙂