Developing yourself begins by serving, by striving towards an idea outside of yourself – not by leading. Leaders are not born, nor are they made – they are self-made
To do this, a person needs focus. Michael Kami, our leading authority on business strategy today, draws a square on the blackboard and asks: “Tell me what to put in there. Jesus? Or money? I can help you develop a strategy for either one, but you have to decide which is the master.”
I do it by asking people what they want to be remembered for – that’s “The beginning of adulthood” according to St. Augustine. The answer changes as we mature – as it should. But unless that question is asked, a person works without focus, without direction and, as a result, does not develop.
We read to know that we are not alone.
Americans love the New Testament Jesus. I have read many blog posts over the past few weeks that talk about feelings, that paint Jesus as this hippie that talks about love all the time, unlike his grumpy dad who kills everyone in the Old Testament. The Old Man is harsh and Jesus is squishy and awesome. It just feels right. The problem with so many Christians is our reaction to legalistic judgmentalism isn’t to turn to Christ, who is both Just and Justifer instead we end up falling on the other side of the horse to squishy liberal theology of feelings.
I love the United States, but one of the things I have come to notice through spending time in other countries is we are obsessed with extra-large everything. Nothing is exempt from our obsession, from sodas to cars to the homes we live in, we are hypnotized by truth we hear seemly all around us Bigger is always better. But is it really?
I love to read but one of the things that kept me from reading books on a kindle was I could not export my favorite quotes from a book I was reading. I could only share those quotes on social media. So for a while I shied away from kindle and chose to real paper read books. I would highlight the book then go back and type all the highlights by hand, a tedious task for sure.