Learned a lot at Gettysburg and Philadelphia this week. One item got me thinking. Color bearers carry the flag into battle. An honor & heavy responsibilty. In the heat of battle the flag became a rallying point. If you’re a leader have you identified color bearers & how are you equipping them to carry the vision, weather the storm & lead others.
I’ve learned alot about finding color bearers over the past couple of years… Those who understand and own the mission and can lead the charge with others are vital I beleive to the success of any organization, church or business. I don’t think it’s possible to advance long term without color bearers. I appreciate those who are carry the flag in battlefield.
Service isn’t a means to an end. It’s the goal.
After winning the evening Cinderella’s castle, my girls got ready for our dinner at Cinderella’s table. Dressed in their princess’ dresses, make up and sparkles with those little jewels on each cheek. Excited we take the elevator to the first floor and go into the lobby to meet Cinderella… royality, a real life princess in the mind of my little girls. The photographers where there, the girls run and hug Cinderella and then the unthinkable… one of Sophie’s jewels gets lost from her cheek. Sophie loses focus and begin to get upset about losing the jewel in the presence of Cinderella. What does Cinderella do? “Sophie come with me and let’s look for it together.” Are you kidding me? Royality, the Princess Cinderella, the owner of the castle we get to stay in that night is on the floor with my daughter looking for a cheap plastic jewel… It was in that moment that I realized service wasn’t a means to an end for Disney, it was the objective. Serve every guest and make them feel special, loved and appreciated.
The King of kings and the Prince of princes did exactly the same thing. In Matthew 20:28 He told us that He didn’t come to be served, but to serve. In John 13 He didn’t wait for the disciple to wash His feet, He washed the feet of His disciples… in verse 15 He tells us, “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” Service wasn’t a means to an end… it was the end game, the goal, the objective.
Disney doesn’t do anything by half measures. The playground at the resort what swept clean of pine needles each and every morning, streets at all the parks where scrubbed and made like new every night for the following day, litter was non-existent. The costumes, the shows, the transportation systems… they’re committed to excellence, and though it may cost more and eat into profits, it’s a non negotiable, it’s a core value that’s evident and a vitual part of their vision (perhaps with the exception of their over priced plastic toys). As I walked through the parks it became increasingly obvious that excellence attracts excellence, not just amongst the employees, but even amongst the guests. If there was a cup or piece of litter laying around someone, including guests, was picking it up. Excellence was contagious. Everyone was getting in on the act. Excellence matters and excellence attracts excellence.
It’s just after 9am and there must be 4000 people in line for Toy Story Mania.
I’m sure you’re probably aware of the whole Mike Guglielmucci (author of the Healer song) episode and while it’s sad what has happened, there’s a grace that I’m sure Mike’s experiencing as he gets the help he needs and God can still anoint a song regardless of the messenger. The blogosphere has been passionately abuzz with opinion and comments about the story. But this morning I stumbled across this post, and it added fuel to a fire that I’ve been investigating in my own soul. What am I allowing in my life to ruin me for the cause of Christ? Or have I so bubble wrapped my life that I’m insulated from “feeling” anything too deeply and as a result not moved to do anything too outta the boat. Rather moved to play it safe and live in balance.
I’ve always been inspired and challenged by Royce and Elizabeth Iverson. A couple who many would say had everything going their direction and living a great life in Portland, Oregon. However they were ruined for the cause of Christ when they allowed themselves to see things from an eternal perspective. I remember Royce on many occasions telling me, “all this stuff won’t mean a thing in heaven. I’ve only got one life to live and I don’t want to get to the end of my life and have regrets.”The ruining had begun. And it would radically change the trajectory of their life – they quit jobs, sold homes and possessions and moved from their comfortable, nice neighborhood in Portland to Uganda with their two kids to start a medical clinic and orphanage called Hope Village (video here). They had been ruined and moved to never look back. It was forward with what God had put in their heart or death of a vision which would slowly antrophy the rest of their spiritual existence. They chose to be ruined, and as a result choose life.
So in the midst the Mike Guglielmucci episode, or whatever local level irritant you’re encountering let me ask you what is ruining you? As we head into the fall, back to school, back to what might be a normalizing of work and corporate schedules is there something that’s going to ruin you this fall? Is it something with your kids that will cause you to change your schedule or lifestyle so you can invest in them. Is it something in your church, your community or in the world that you know is God challenging you to let yourself be ruined by it, so moved and changed from the inside out that you have to do something about it. A neighbor that needs your support and encouragement. A community that has needs they can’t meet on their own. An area of your church that’s struggling because you’re not there passionately engaged in making it better.
Whatever it is, let’s allow God to pop the bubble wrap!
Just got two copies of the Wild Goose Chase… just a couple of chapters in and it’s an incredibly challenging and inspiring read.
A quick summary: Most of us have no idea where we’re going most of the time. Perfect.
“Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something….
Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.” –from the introduction.
For more information and to download Mark’s 10 Steps to Setting Life Goals visit www.chasethegoose.com It’s great material for personal or group study.You can pick up your copy here.
But as a special for readers of this little blog, I have one copy of the Wild Goose Chase to give away. Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Wild Goose Chase you’re on right now and we’ll have a little drawing to see who wins a copy.
I’ve had a quite a few people ask how I feel about the circus taking place in and around Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers this off season, knowing that I’m a lifelong Packer Backer. My response: saddness, yet understandable.
I’ve been a lifelong Packer Backer and here we now sit with a young and seemingly talented team with no leader, and three quarterbacks with not one NFL start among them. On the other hand we have Brett Favre heading down Broadway and giving it another shot hoping to make it one more time, and admitting that he’s not physically there yet. Transitions in life are not always clean. As a wise man (Pastor Dick Iverson) once told me, births are always messy. Anytime something new is birthed it’s always going to be somewhat messy. There are always a mixed bag of emotions on either side of the transition. But it’s leadership and focusing on what’s ahead, as well as appreciating what has been, that allows for the future to become reality. While I will forever admire the incredible gun-slinging ability, and genuine passion for the game that Brett Favre has brought to the game, I can’t fault Mike McCarthy and the Packers for deciding that now is the time to step into the next chapter. It might be rough for a year or two, but if they can keep this talented young team together who knows where they may end up. Certainly this transition has been messy and only time will tell what this grows up to be.