Archive for June, 2008

Recognize Me?

Posted: June 27, 2008 in Thoughts, Uncategorized
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My youngest boy is about 16 months.  I have seen him go from a very quiet, immobile little baby to a talkative active child.  It is amazing to see his face light up as I walk through the front door after a long day in the office.  He recognizes his dad.

However, because of his young age, if for some reason we were seperated, he could grow up and not even know the one who loved him and cared for him.  Years later, we could actually walk next to each other and not recognize who we really are.

John 1:10 says “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize Him.”

Yes, Jesus created the world!!  Yes, the world did not recognize Him when he came into the world!!!  Here is the really cool thing…He has NEVER forgotten me!  He has NEVER lost interest in me!  He has ALWAYS recognized me, even though at times in my life, I don’t recognize Him.

The bottom line truth…I may not recognize Him, but He recognizes me and He desires to remind me who He is, so I will recognize Him.  

Abusing Power

Posted: June 27, 2008 in Leadership, Uncategorized
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I recently was reading a devotion by John Maxwell.  Listen to what he wrote about power.

Every leader has power, gained in a variety of ways.  Ponder the following “power platforms” and ask yourself: Which ones do I use with others?

  1. Coercive Power: based on fear; failure to comply brings punishment.  Weakness: Volunteers cannot be forced to act.
  2. Connection Power: based on who you know, not who you are.  Weakness: It becomes political
  3. Charisma Power:  based on personality.  Weakness:  smiles adn warm things cannot replace truth.
  4. Competence Power:  based on ability to get results.  Weakness:  Raw ability is good, but not if it alienates or fails to empower people.
  5. Christmas Power:  based on gifts bestowed.  Weakness:  People want what they don’t need and need what they don’t want.

Good stuff!

Ugly Naked Guy

Posted: June 9, 2008 in Lessons
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The other night I was coming home from church.  The entire family was in the car (which is odd because we usually drive 2 cars to church).  Shortly after we pull into our neighborhood, a guy breaks through a stockade fence, right in front of us.  My wife says, “That guy is naked”.  He started running in the middle of the street.  I told my wife to turn around as I started dialing 911 on my cell phone.  By the time we caught up to the “ugly naked guy” he was surrounded by 4 guys.  My wife parked the guy and I got out to help while I am still talking to the 911 operator. 

Then it happened, one of the guys started punching the naked guy.  I say to the operator, “Oh my, the one guy is punching the other guy.”  The operator asks, “who is punching who?”  How do you describe this situation and you have no idea who the guys are.  This is how I described it… “The clothed guy is punching the naked guy!!” 

I got off the phone to help.  Anothr guy and I decided to get everyone to calm down, so we made a quick plan that he would calm down the clothed guys, and, lucky me (sarcastic), I was to calm the naked guy down until the police arrive. 

As I am standing over this naked guy laying on the sidewalk with blood everywhere, I start telling him to lay there and be calm.  This is what happened next, with blood all over his face, naked on the sidewalk, the guy looks at me and asks, “Are you packin’?”  I am not for sure if he was asking if I was carrying a weapon, but I asked him to remain calm.  Then after a long stare from the naked guy he says, “I know you.”  Not a good comment to hear in front of a lot of people from a naked guy.  Then he says, “You’re Ben Affleck”.   I would like to think my intimidating look kept him calm, but I have a feeling he was star struck.  Needless to say, he remained calm until the police arrived.

Through all that experience, I started thinking about everything that happened.  Here are a few thoughts..

  1.  Neighbors become instant buddies when you fight crime.  Three of the five guys were from my street.  One has just moved in and the other lives 6 houses down.  I had not met either of them and we started handling things like were had been friends for years.  Here is what I found out, “They were pretty cool dudes”.   I think I will take the time to get to know them.
  2. Rumors spread fast.  My wife and kids stayed at a safe distance.  4 police cars, 2 fire trucks and an ambulance tend to attract people.  My wife and I saw the whole thing and she was hearing stories from the crowd of what had happened, and it wasn’t even close to the truth.
  3. Don’t take drugs!  The guy was on acid.  My four kids were in the car the entire time.  I talked with them about not taking drugs.  I used this as a teaching point in their life.  I don’t think they will forget.

Wow! What a night.