Photo Friday: Majesty

 

Wake Up Sleeper!

Salt Lake

Last weekend I made a quick trip to Salt Lake City to ski with a friend from work.  The schedule was to fly in, ski two days and fly back.  A quick trip.  I have never been to Salt Lake City.  Along with that, I had not experienced the breathtaking beauty of the Wasatch Mountains.

We had a little time on Monday before our flight so we had the opportunity to visit Antelope Island which is an island located in the Great Salt Lake.  It was a cold morning and it has snowed overnight so the area was blanketed with a light covering of snow.

The views were fantastic!  Although the island had few visitors, we did notice visitors taking pictures of the amazing scenery.  The best word I could come up to describe what we saw is majesty.

Majesty is a unique word.  It describes something large.  Something powerful.  Something a bit overwhelming.

When I see something that I would call majesty, I think of the hand of the Creator.  The potter and the clay.  The architect and builder of our amazing planet.

There is a verse in the Bible that says that we have no excuse to be ignorant of the hand of the Father.  Creation screams His name.  I cannot believe that all of this beauty was created by chance or by accident.

I asked my friend if he felt that looking at the mountains each day would dull this feeling of majesty.  He quickly told me no.  He believed that the mountains and the beauty would never get old.  They would retain their power over anyone who looked their way.

So the key is to look!  Look for His hand.  Look at what He made.  Look at what He does in your life.  Look at the way He blesses you.

An accident, good luck or chance?  Can’t be.  Chance does not have this order.  Chance does not have this variety and beauty.  Chance does not produce majesty.  Chance is not this good.  Not even close!

LOOK and wake up sleeper!        

So what do you think?  Can you see His hand in creation?  Do you think this world was created by chance?  Click on “Leave a Comment” and tell me what you think!

 

 

 

 

Talker or Doer?

Are you a silver-tongued leader?

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I’ve met a bunch of people in leadership through the years.  Some were gifted motivators.  They knew how to communicate a goal and guide to the finish.  They had the ability to paint the picture.  A great gift to be able to help folks see the finish line.  Yet sometimes this was all you got.  A picture and a story.

Then I have met some great leaders who are really in it.  These are the folks that might say less but are next to you in the battle.  They realize that talk won’t always get you there.  They are willing to really help out.  Get dirty.  Get into the fight.

The rub lies in that the talker is often seen as the better leader.

I really hate this.  The talker uses his mouth.  The doer uses his hands.  But classic leadership will tell you that you don’t have the time to be a doer.  You shouldn’t get bogged down in actually doing the work.  If you’re a leader -you are worth more.  Your ability to motivate and direct is more important.

Messed up thinking!

While I agree that you should not get bogged down doing tasks that should be delegated, many leaders feel that it is below them to jump in and help out.  They are the boss.  It would make them look bad if they were seen actually doing the work.

I can’t be a used car salesman leader.  I personally have a hard time trusting and believing someone who talks too much and doesn’t really want to pitch in and help out.  I realize that there is value in motivating and directing yet by only using these two tools you are forgetting the most powerful tool.

Serving your team by actually working along side of them. 

Here is a question to ponder- What do YOU create?  Do you actually produce things as a leader or is your day filled with walking and talking?  Do you produce or do you talk?

My opinion- we need more doers and less talkers!  What do your think?  Let me know by clicking on “Leave a Comment” and let me hear your opinion.  Talker or Doer?

 

 

 

Brown Shoes- Black Pants

Ok fashion police!  Lock me up!

While packing for a trip to a wedding, I made a decision that I would wear brown shoes with black dress slacks so I would not have to pack and carry black shoes for only one event.  I can tell you that it certainly will not match and it will likely clash and I may even catch a glance or two.

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Your probably thinking- well your a guy and you can pull it off.  You don’t hang with the chatty girls who would love to make some comments about a real fashion error.  That’s is true- I admit.  So if you would struggle here read on!

I know that the look is not optimal, but I made a decision based on what I wanted, based on the costs and benefits, not on what others want or think.  I weighed out the choices and decided I would ignore the noise around me and focus on what makes sense for this situation.  What’s the message here?  Well it’s not about shoes.

It’s about the ability to tune out the voices around you.  The voices that tell you that you are obligated to do something.  You must follow the protocol.

It’s about resisting to jump every time the voices around you tell you to do something when you know it’s really not that important.

It’s about making your own decisions and judgements and swimming upstream when you know that you should.

It’s about being freed from the approval beast that will consume you and run your life.

Servant leaders often get bogged down by simply reacting to others instead of being proactive and getting in front of the voices.  The ability to be objective, concentrate on the big picture, and have the guts to say no is extremely difficult for someone with a servant’s heart.

Is this your struggle?  Do you want to blend in?  Do you have an insatiable hunger for the pat on the back?  Can you break away?

I say, take control of your life!  Live your life your way.  Make it your own.  Paint the picture of your life vibrant and colorful.  Tune out the voices that are
holding you back or taking up all of your time.

Go ahead- do black with brown. You won’t explode!  I promise!

Do you struggle with feelings of obligation and following the norm?  Click on like if you can relate or click on comments if you have a story to share.  Don’t be a stealth reader!  Let me know what YOU think!