Please allow me direct your attention to the center of the ring! 4A state wrestling title

Lake Stevens' Brandon Johnson celebrates his title at 285 pounds    Lake Stevens wins 4A state wrestling title | HeraldNet.com – High school sports.

Ladies and Gentlemen! Please allow me direct your attention to the center of the ring!  Let me introduce you to a remarkable young man. Remarkable in many ways, but not in the ways you maybe accustom to seeing….

You see, this young man is different.  The attention he has drawn to himself was not from wearing is pants too low.  Nor was it from creating a conflict between himself and an oppressive world.  His story is one of humbleness, respect, and hard work.

My goal is not to retell the story, but just for a moment direct your attention to him, so we can applaud the success. The newspaper article is correct in telling the narrative tale, but I believe perhaps the most important part of the story is what the newspaper story cannot express.

  • This young man is intelligent enough to listen to those around him that knew more, and learn from them.
  • This young man is clever enough to know that no matter what happens around him; his hard work will put him in the position to win, no matter what the situational outcome maybe.
  • This young man is wise beyond his years to humble himself before God, and to take his place at the foot of the cross and to complete his work using the gift he was given.

This is not the end of a journey, but the beginning of one.  The journey of this young man needs to the applauded, respected, and hailed as a story of success.

The younger generation can complete great undertakings, and honor God.  They can fulfill the mission of Christ and in the process lose themselves while, at the same time, finding their true self.

Great job, Brandon!  It has been a pleasure watching you work so hard and win the title, but your work is not complete.  There is much more to do.  Keep working, keep praying, and keep working towards the greatest reward of all.

1 Corinthians 3 13 But each person’s work will be shown for what it is. On judgment day it will be brought to light. It will be put through fire. The fire will test how good everyone’s work is. 14 If the building doesn’t burn up, God will give the builder a reward for his work.

How do you define, “Made a Difference?”

Any opportunity offered to create a “difference” is a gift to be grasped.  The longer I play in the arena of customer service and field engineering those opportunities become less and less on the business side.  Many businesses appear to have a great affection for attempting to measure the “difference” or “impact” of an event.  Some these measurements are laughable at best with the rise of social media and the speed that customer perceptions can change.

On the personal side, those occasions can be self-created and hence more rewarding.  My “difference” is creating a situation where a person can achieve growth.  Whether this growth is in their thinking or in how they consider a situation, or how a small change can influence other aspects of their lives.  Accomplishing this has the two-fold benefit of positively affecting both parties doubling the effect.

The Never Ending Push to Improve the Metrics

“Push to improve metrics and the metrics will improve for a while. Teach the philosophy of a job well done and the metrics will improve forever.” (Simon Sinek, 2012)

Define the words “Strategic” and “Tactical” within the context of business situations, and then consider the quote above. Management develops a change to the “Strategic” framework of the business. The reasons for these changes have been provided. The changes can be proven sound, as the cost structure must change in order to maintain profitability. Fair enough. However, where the service engineers dwell is in the world of “Tactics”. The business framework is delineated from above, but there may be “Tactical” problems with the “Strategic” plan. Service or local customer contacts find the “Tactical” solutions to achieve management’s “Strategic” goals. This is the service engineers’ wheelhouse. They get it done. Do you see the tension? Changes to the “Strategic” framework are disseminated down to the service engineers’ level and their minds immediately start to think how to “Tactically” make the changes. Frustration starts to set in from that point forward.

Transfer these thoughts over to our spiritual lives. The magnificent part of this, the bible provides us the strategic and the tactical directives. God provided the “Strategic” framework for everything. He created all of it, so who would know better as to how it should work. When reading the bible, and a “Strategic” directive is provided as in Matthew 4:19 (NIV) “And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” When Jesus spoke to Peter and Andrew, they did not stop consider the directive, they just did it. They followed Jesus probably not fully knowing how “Tactically” they would accomplish “fishing for Men”. Stated another way, they would not have known how to “Tactically” undertake being one of the first disciples for Jesus. Looking further in the gospel of Matthew, an argument can be constructed that all the “Tactical” solutions as to “how” Peter and Andrew should complete the daunting task of true discipleship is outlined in all of chapters five, six and seven. There should be no tension with this as any frustration with how to achieve true discipleship to Jesus is eliminated. We just have to read it and carry it out.

Improve your business philosophy of the way you engage the customer with service and sales opportunities and the metrics will improve forever.

Improve your personal philosophy of the way you engage our Lord, your relationships, family, discipleship, prayer, forgiveness to others, bible reading, and your general sense of well-being knowing your true reason for hope, and your life as a whole WILL improve for eternity.

That is a metric I want to be measured on!

It is all a gift, be sure to be thankful for it!

Living in isolation from faith

Many great thoughts were brought out in a discussion I recently had. I hope that this post will get my mind passed this.

Satan’s tool of isolation of us from our faith, is what happens when faith doesn’t provide the same “pop” or feeling it once did, and how the holy spirit always is walking with us, but what if we look at this a different way. Viewing this from “aligning our priorities” perspective.

I heard this from somewhere, so I cannot take credit for coming up with this. Our priority alignment should always be Jesus, Spouse, Children, and Work. Top down, left to right, nothing more, nothing less. When the one of the priorities start to falter, you press deeper into all priorities above it. When trouble comes at work, press into your family, (the reason why we work) and Jesus (the reason for everything). Trouble with the marriage, press into Jesus. Kids got you down? Press into your Wife and Jesus! Now, when trouble and/or doubt come into your faith, press in to Jesus as hard as you can. All too many times, we have the tendency to “fix” the wrong things, making a situation worse. Were Men, we have to fix something, but with Jesus always at the top of the priorities list everything else has is rightful place.

What do we do when faith is hard, don’t really have time to read the bible, and the last thing we want to do is lead the family in prayer? Remember the priorities structure. I would submit pressing into the top three, with the most pressure being applied to Jesus. With this pressure (continued search for), answers will come. When you submit yourself to the word of God, we allow Him to speak to us in ways our finite minds never thought possible.

Psalms 119:10- “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.” I see this as Gods command for a self-disciplined life. 2 Timothy 1:7 points to this: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” As does Proverbs 10:17: “The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you’re lost for good.”

The 2 Timothy is passage is my favorite, as it calls us to power, love and self-discipline. No matter the problem, we have the POWER and SELF-DISCIPLINE to push through. Let is not forgot the LOVE in the process, as we cannot drive everyone in our lives crazy in the process…..