It was an ordinary day. I had a 6:15 a.m. flight out of Greenville, SC. After security and on the way to my gate, I stopped by a shop to get a bottle of water. I went to the cashier to pay and it was at that moment that ordinary became extraordinary. I spoke to the cashier – a small woman who was doing all she could to be polite and efficient. I asked her, “How are you today?” There was a pause. She responded, “I’m ok.” “Just ok?” I asked. “Yes,” she said. The next question out of my mouth just came, unintended, bare and raw, waiting to be answered.
Articles | February 2017
We’re not even to the start of the second month of the New Year and already I have to ask: Do you still have any resolutions left to keep?
Pardon the rude question. It’s really a matter of projecting my own weaknesses on the world. For most of my 69 years, my experience has been that I could break resolutions just as fast as I could make them.
That’s right. Some haven’t even survived a day. Most drifted off into a thick haze before the start of February. A little research tells me I’m not alone in this regard.
Values play a far greater role in leadership than many realize. They guide and inform our personal mission and vision, and shape our decisions on a moment-by-moment basis. Without God’s intervention, we will always place self-satisfaction and self-importance at the top of our list of values. A vital part of God’s transformation of our hearts is moving from being a self-serving leader to a selfless leader, adopting God’s value of selfless service as our own.