I have been doing a reading plan on my You Version Bible app developed by the Catalyst folks called “Known: A 21-Day Journey.” If you don’t have this app you should really check it out. It’s a free app and, in addition to providing a variety of different translations of the Bible, it has a lot of different reading and video study and devotional plans. Also, if you are not familiar with Catalyst, you should check them out as well – catalyst conference.com. They are part of a great company focused on helping grow and develop leaders who love God and the local church. They host a number of conferences across the country and put out a weekly podcast that I have been listening to for several years. Great content and insightful information for a developing leader.
Today the scripture passage was 1 Corinthians 13:11-13 which talks about how God knows us completely and perfectly. The devotional plan asked the question – “How does that impact your view of today’s challenges and priorities?” Here are my reflections on this:
God knows me perfectly, the good and the bad. He knows what’s best for me and what his purpose if for my life. He knows my tendencies and how I will react and handle things if/when I try to do it on my own. I can imagine him looking down from heaven and saying: “Turn left Pat” or “Keep that thought in your head Pat.” I can picture him standing next to me waiting for me to ask him to join in. I can also imagine his disappointment when I give in to myself and/or the world and mess it up again. As a father myself, I can feel his compassion as he forgives me and helps me get back on my feet again. Knowing this, I can be confident in facing any of the day’s challenges. I really can’t fail because God is with me in all circumstances and, as it says in Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!”
I hope this is helpful or encouraging for someone today.
We all know the traditional holiday figures – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, St patrick’s day leprechauns, etc.; well I am adding the runicorn to the list.
I first met the runicorn on the morning of July 4th 2014 when my daughter Molly and I ran a 5K color run. The @TheColorRun describes itself as “an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in ‘the Happiest 5K on the Planet’.” The basic idea is for runners to get doused with a variety of different colors (color powder actually) as they run the 5K course. At the end of the event, they had a large stage with activities including a series of “color toss” events where everyone throws colored powder into the air at the same time. The resulting cloud of color rains down on everyone adding more color to the mix. I really had a lot of fun at this event, mainly because I got to do it with my oldest daughter who is about to leave for college (topic for another day). I was also impressed by the organization and environment (culture) of this event. By making it fun, they encouraged many people who might normally not try a 5K to come out and give it a try.
With this background in place, I’ll turn this back to the runicorn. Right before the race began, the emcee of the event called for the “runicorn” – word play for a running unicorn – to come down to lead all the participants to the starting line. This resulting character, a unicorn in running clothes, then led everyone in a mass conga line dance to the start. Again, I was struck by the positive, light hearted spirit and the idea of the “magic” of the runicorn word picture.
This whole experience reminded me that, as leaders, we have a lot of influence in the environment we set – at work, at home, or even in the line at the grocery store. If our influence is positive, encouraging and fun, we have the opportunity to bring more of these same qualities and feelings out in others. We also have the potential to draw more folks towards us (or toward the goals and objectives of the organization) in the same way the color run event gets more people out of bed on a Saturday morning to go for a run.
So here’s my challenge, let’s all be runicorns this week. Let’s lighten up a little, give folks the benefit of the doubt and look for opportunities to inject some fun into the mix. I imagine the resulting color cloud could be magical 🙂
Molly and Dad at The Color Run
The Runicorn doing his thing
Well, after several years of considering this, I am finally posting my first blog input out to the virtual world. This is a kind of scary moment because I’m just a middle aged guy in a small town in the panhandle of Florida and I’m not really sure what positive things I might have to offer to anyone who ends up reading this.
That said, I do feel that God has been leading me lately on a journey that has been focused on leadership – what it means and how to do it in a way that honors Him. I have titled this blog IncompleatLeader (or at least I think I have) for several reasons, but mostly because I think this is a journey that will have ups and downs and many mistakes along the way. I hope to be able to share some of my personal experiences and reflections WRT life and leadership and to pass along any useful/helpful inputs and sources that I come across. Will talk more about some of those later.
For now, want to say thanks in advance to anyone who reads this. Any thoughts or feedback would be awesome.