Leadership Attributes: Vision

Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire.  Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace…they replied, ‘Let us start rebuilding’ So they began this good work.” (Nehemiah 2:17,18)

Continuing with our devotional series on Leadership Attributes this Monday, we look at the Leader as vision caster.  Vision is a huge area of interest in leadership studies.  In one online business journal alone, a search for ‘leadership vision’ returns over 7500 hits!  I would like to focus upon one crucial aspect of vision casting which most leaders miss.  The ability to cast vision that is not only compelling to themselves but also resonates with the aspirations of those they lead.  In short, a shared vision.

This concept was articulated succinctly in an article in the Harvard Business Review:

“So how do new leaders develop [vision]? First, of course, they must resolve to carve out time from urgent but endless operational matters. But even more important, as leaders spend more time looking ahead, they must not put too much stock in their own prescience. This point needs to be underscored because, somehow, through all the talk over the years about the importance of vision, many leaders have reached the unfortunate conclusion that they as individuals must be visionaries. With leadership development experts urging them along, they’ve taken to posing as emissaries from the future, delivering the news of how their markets and organizations will be transformed.

Bad idea! This is not what constituents want. Yes, leaders must ask, “What’s new? What’s next? What’s better?”—but they can’t present answers that are only theirs. Constituents want visions of the future that reflect their own aspirations. They want to hear how their dreams will come true and their hopes will be fulfilled. We draw this conclusion from our most recent analysis of nearly one million responses to our leadership assessment, “The Leadership Practices Inventory.” The data tell us that what leaders struggle with most is communicating an image of the future that draws others in—that speaks to what others see and feel.”  (“To Lead, Create a Shared Vision” HBR – Jan 2009, Kouzes and Posner)

Kouzes and Posner emphasize this key aspect of the Leader’s Vision –  It must not only seem compelling to you, but it must capture the aspirations of those you lead as well.

Nehemiah understood this and it shows in how he articulated his compelling vision from God to travel to Jerusalem and fortify the Holy city that had fallen into disrepair.

In communicating his vision, he did not use language like, “God has called me to do this” or “I am on a mission won’t you join me?”  Rather, his language throughout the book is consistently the language of a shared vision.  He states, “You see the trouble we are in..”, “Let us rebuild the wall, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”

Nehemiah states his vision in a way that ties into the aspirations of all Israel.  He does not describe a project that he would like to lead.  He paints the picture of a disgraceful problem that he knew all Israel would like to address.  Thus, the vision became a shared one and prompted a positive response.
As you think of the vision that you have for your company.  What parts of that vision do you think resonates most with the aspirations of your staff, your customers?  Is it reflected in the language that you use to motivate?

Shifting language to promote a shared vision is not easy.  But as you think through how to shift your own vision language, it is instructive to note that leaders throughout scripture utilized language that naturally led to buy-in from the people they were called upon by God to lead.


John Wiseman –  Corpath Business Forums – www.corpath.ca
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Leadership Attributes: Humility

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you..” (Romans 12:3)

As Corpath serves business leaders, our Monday Meditation focus over the next number of weeks will be upon leadership attributes – where does biblical truth intersect with business best practice as we seek to be the best leaders that we can be?

Today we will explore the attribute of humility.  Last Thursday, I attended the Alberta Human Resource Institute Executive supper at which a panel explored the topic of “2019 Trends in Human Resources.”  The panel consisted of 4 V.P.’s of HR for large enterprise Canadian companies.  One of the questions put forward to the panel caught my attention.  It was, “What are the key characteristics of CEO/Senior Corporate leaders which enhance employee engagement and organizational effectiveness.”  Keeping in mind that the panel consisted of professionals whose main focus was upon the people practices of their organizations, I leaned forward to hear their responses.  Here are the two 2 attributes that the panel participants mentioned:

  1. Courage – Senior leaders who articulate values about valuing people, integrity or any of a number of key themes that most corporations put in their value statements are most effective when they have the courage to uphold those values in spite of pressure. When a leader expresses values but abandons them under pressure from the board, market profits and other factors – they quickly lose the respect of their employees and damage their leadership.  As I heard each panelist share stories of this attribute, I was reminded of C.S. Lewis’ comment in Mere Christianity that courage is the root of all the Christian values.  Lewis pointed out that, “Pontius Pilate was merciful until it became risky…”  If a value is abandoned in the face of pressure.  If it is not courageously defended under pressure, it simply becomes a hollow statement upon the wall that no one believes.  This can create cynicism within the organization.
  2. Humility – A book could be written on this attribute. As our Romans passage notes, this can be explained simply by stating ‘don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought.’  The panel characterized the effective leader of humility as being able to relate to the lowest employee in the organization as well as the top managers and executives.  Communicating value and respect to all employees was key in developing an engaged and productive staff. This is not as simple as it seems.  If an employee feels you are just checking a box by listening to them and not truly engaging them and respecting their role and expressing appreciation for their work – conversations will come across as insincere or even manipulative. I worked for a number of years for a large enterprise whose CEO felt it was beneath him to even talk to the rank and file employees.  No one respected his leadership – nor was he able to inspire anyone to be engaged or productive for the company.  His arrogance eventually led to his replacement by the board. Exercising humility is not being a milk-toast.  Seeking first to hear and understand others before pushing your own agenda brings great strength to your leadership.

Many other topics were discussed during the supper panel – but I was struck that 4 Human Resource professionals all agreed upon Courage and Humility as essential to being an effective Senior leader within their organizations.

Reflect:

  • Which of your corporate values would be most vulnerable to the pressure of market forces?  If challenged on a value, reflect on how you would respond and why.
  • How often do you engage with the most junior employees in your business? Reflect on how you might encourage them on how their work connects to and furthers the larger vision and goals of the business.

John Wiseman  – Corpath Forums – http://www.corpath.ca

A Business Leader’s Prayer

Sometimes as business leaders we are so caught up in the demands of business that we become, “..wholly occupied by the world’s passing show…”  as John Baillie puts it.  I urge you to include the prayer below in your devotions this week as a way of refocusing your attention each day.

Help me, O Lord God, not to let my thoughts today be wholly occupied by the world’s passing show.

In your loving kindness you have given me the power to lift my mind to contemplate the unseen and eternal; help me not to remain content only with what I see and feel, here and now. Instead, grant that each day may do something to strengthen my grasp of the unseen world and my sense of the reality of that world.  And so, as the end of my earthly life draws ever nearer, bind my heart to the holy interests of that unseen world, so that I may not grow to be a part of these fleeting earthly surroundings,  but instead grow more and more ready for the life of the world to come.

O Lord, you see and know all things. Give me grace, I pray, to know you so well and to see you so clearly that in knowing you I may know myself as completely as you know me, and in seeing you I may see myself as I really am before you.

Give me today a clear vision of my life in time as it appears in your eternity.

Show me my own smallness and your infinite greatness.

Show me my own sin and your perfect righteousness.

Show me my own lack of love and your exceeding love.

 

Yet in your mercy show me also how, small as I am, I can take refuge in your greatness; how, sinful as I am, I may lean upon your righteousness.  And how, loveless as I am, I may hide myself in your forgiving love.  Help me today to keep my thoughts centered on the life and death of Jesus Christ my Lord, so that I may see all things in the light of the redemption which you have granted me in his name.  AMEN

Truth Is Essential

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35 NIV)

I have been following the meditation series of Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California the last while.  For this week’s devotional thought I would include a posting from Pastor Warren on the eternal nature of God’s Word.  Rick states:

“The Bible is the most despised, derided, denied, disputed, dissected, and debated book in all of history. This Bible has been under attack for centuries — for everything you can imagine.

Yet the Bible is still the most read, most published, and most translated book in the world. And, most importantly, it’s still changing the lives of those who apply what it teaches.

One of the reasons I believe the Bible is God’s Word is that it has survived so many attacks throughout history.

Despite all the attacks throughout history, today the Bible is the greatest single source of culture. It’s the greatest single source for music, art, and architecture. If you take the Bible out of culture, you would destroy most of the major music, artwork, and architecture of the past 2,000 years. Even much of our English language is rooted in the King James Bible.

The Bible has flourished in spite of unrelenting attacks during the past 2,000 years. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (NIV). The only item on the planet that will last is the Word of God. Everything else will burn up because truth is eternal.

Voltaire, the famous French philosopher, was a brilliant atheist. He wrote a number of tracts deriding the Bible. He once made a very bold statement: “One hundred years from today the Bible will be a forgotten book.”

Today, everyone has forgotten that quote — but not the Bible! After Voltaire died, for nearly 100 years, his homestead was used as the book depository for the French Bible Society.  They sold Bibles out of his house! It’s now a museum. People have forgotten Voltaire.  Nobody forgets the Bible.

No matter what attacks come the Bible’s way, it always survives — and it always will. You can depend on that.”

REFLECT:

  • Does your perspective on life reflect the knowledge that this earth will one day pass away? How would your life change if you focused your life on the one thing that will never pass away?
  • Ask God for the courage to stand up to those who oppose God’s Word with grace, gentleness, and wisdom

This devotional used by permission from the Daily Hope radio series at www.rickwarren.org
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The ‘Replacement’ Approach to Temptation

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to humanity. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” ( 1 Corinthians 10:13, NIV)

I come to this scripture with some fundamental assumptions. First, as the passage says, we all face the temptation to sin. Second, we all have sin inside us and give in to it periodically. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

So my perpetual fascination with today’s passage in 1 Corinthians 10 is not that we all face temptation – but the promise that God will provide a way out for us so that we can stand up under it. What is the mysterious way out? Is there some divine method of distraction or preventative measure that I have been missing? What is this passage referring to? I would like to suggest that Paul is referring to the ‘replacement’ approach to temptation. I was first introduced to this concept in the 1970’s by a sermon illustration told by Erwin Lutzer, the Pastor of Moody Memorial Church in Chicago.

He told the story of a young man who entered the Illinois State Science Fair. These annual events would bring together high school students from all over the state who would attempt to solve the science project theme of that particular year. The project of that year was to completely remove all of the air from a milk bottle. The judges slowly went from table to table and reviewed each entrant’s project solution. Some were quite large – requiring two tables for the vacuum apparatus to ensure that no air would be left in the bottle. Three finalists were identified, and in preparation for the award of the winner, they were on stage behind tables upon which their solutions were hidden under a sheet.

The first finalist pulled off his sheet, started his vacuum pump and according to the judges timing, sucked all of the air out of the milk bottle within 3 minutes. The second finalist pulled off her sheet and started her apparatus, which, using better pumps and hoses, was able to eliminate all the air in the bottle in 2 minutes and 15 seconds. When the crowd’s attention turned to the third and final project, everyone noted that the sheet covered a solution that was quite small in comparison to the other two. The small boy pulled off the sheet to reveal a plain open milk bottle and a pitcher of water. He simply poured the water into the milk bottle, thus eliminating all the air. He finished in 4 seconds flat. The crowd sat in stunned silence for a second, then cheered as the judges pronounced the third finalist the winner because of his simple and fast solution to the challenge.

What this simple story shows is that the easiest method to eliminate the presence of something is by replacing it with something else!

So it goes with the very human challenge we face with temptation. I think we can all testify to the futility of desperately gritting our teeth and trying to resist bad behaviour. This is analogous to the high school students who developed complicated apparatus to suck air from the milk bottle. Even the apostle Paul confesses to struggling with that futile approach to temptation. “…the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.” (Romans 7:19)

But the way out that God provides is the opportunity to fill our minds with the positive fruits of the Spirit and his Scripture so that the temptation is replaced and eliminated. The more you immerse your mind in Scripture, prayer and worship, focusing upon spiritual things and the presence of Christ in your life – the less room you make available for temptation of any sort to take root.

REFLECT:

  • When you are tempted, what is your default reaction? Do you grit your teeth and pour all your energy into resisting? What is your success rate with that approach?
  • Try the ‘replacement’ approach to temptation. Whatever temptation that presses in on you, rather than resisting, why not immediately focus upon a short scripture passage or go immediately to your daily prayer list and pray through it? Claim God’s promise that when you are tempted, He is right at your side providing spiritual companionship, providing a way out, so that the temptation will melt away as you focus on Him.

John Wiseman – Corpath Business Forums – www.corpath.ca

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Where Do You Need Courage Today?

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Our devotional today is provided by Steve Brown of Arrow Leadership

Almost every leader needs courage in some area of his or her life. Do you need courage to boldly speak up or to be quiet and listen? To faithfully step forward, patiently wait or graciously step back? To say, “yes”, “no”, or “not now”? To dream, try a new idea or stop something? To risk, obey or keep pressing on? To take a stand or to invite help? To reach out or to confront?

Whatever your need today, it’s hard to underestimate the importance of courage. As C.S. Lewis wrote, “Courage isn’t simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point… [even Pontius Pilate was merciful until it became risky] ”

But what is courage actually – particularly spiritual courage?

Here’s one definition I’ve been working on: Spiritual courage is choosing to follow Jesus even when you are shaking inside or out.

I suspect Ananias’ knees were knocking when he followed God’s direction to reach out to a blinded Saul in Acts 9. I think we are safe to assume that Esther’s heart was beating extra fast as she entered the king’s hall to plead for her people. I bet Nathan’s mouth was dry and palms clammy when he launched into his rebuke of David. Spiritual courage isn’t about eliminating feelings of fear. Instead, spiritual courage is, by God’s grace, choosing to trust and obey God in the face of fear.

I’m also reminded of Peter and John’s remarkable courage after being jailed and brought before the Sadducees in Acts 4. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter and John didn’t back down. Instead, they continued to boldly declare the gospel. I love how Acts 4:13 records the reaction of the Sadducees, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished, and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Be encouraged by the accessibility of Peter and John’s credentials for remarkable courage. They had been filled with the Holy Spirit, and they had been with Jesus. These two factors were, and are, the difference-makers for living out spiritual courage.

It’s also important to remember that spiritual courage isn’t a solo endeavour. If spiritual courage is choosing to follow Jesus, then we can know that we are not alone. Jesus is with us and is even ahead of us. He’s leading, guiding, providing and protecting.

REFLECT:

  • Where do you need courage today? This month? Ask God for it. Know that God is faithful, for you and with you. Remember God’s faithfulness in the past. Abide and depend on the Holy Spirit. Choose to trust and follow Him in your specific area of need.
  • Whom could you give courage to today? Reach out. Pray. Write a note. Make a phone call. Come alongside. There are people all around you who need encouragement in the face of life’s challenges.

Copyright © 2018 Arrow Leadership

John Wiseman – Corpath Business Forums – www.corpath.ca

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The Importance of Things Not Seen

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

I have often described Corpath Forums as the place where Christian Leaders make the journey from the horizontal to the vertical.  What do I mean by that?  Simply that living in the horizontal is to pay attention to our task lists, business demands, vacations, career development and, as the Bible puts it, the “concerns of this world”.  These are all good things and need our attention.  The problem is when they claim our exclusive attention to the point where there is no time reserved for the vertical dimension.  The vertical dimension is the awareness of God, and intentional spiritual focus upon the eternal implications of our current temporal actions – in short, kingdom thinking.

Our devotional today is a prayer from John Baillie’s, Diary of Private Prayer which reminds us of the importance of paying attention to the vertical kingdom dimension of all that we do:

“Let me not go forth to my work today believing only in the world of sense and time but give me grace to understand that the world I cannot see or touch is the most real world of all. 

My life today will be lived in time, but eternal issues will be concerned in it. 

The needs of my body will claim my attention, but it is for the needs of my soul that I must care most. 

My business will be with things material, but behind them let me be aware of things spiritual.

Let me keep steadily in mind the things that matter are not money or possessions,

not houses or lands,

not bodily comfort or bodily pleasure;

but truth, honour, meekness, helpfulness and a pure love of God.

 

For the power you have given me to lay hold of things unseen:

For the strong sense I have that this is not my home:

For my restless heart which nothing finite can satisfy:

I give you thanks, O God.”

 

 Reflect:

  • How will you make the regular journey from the horizontal realm of a ringing phone, task list, and busyness to the vertical realm of God’s Kingdom priorities?
  • Try this Icebreaker with your Forum – 2 minutes each – go around the circle and share “What eternal Kingdom priority do you think God’s Holy Spirit been nudging you within the past 2 months?”

John Wiseman – Corpath Business Forums – www.corpath.ca

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Forget Your Perfect Offering

October 01, 2018

This week’s devotional meditation comes from Business Coach David Irvine:

“Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

Every leader has cracks, imperfections in their personality. Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gandhi, John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela – all had cracks. All the great contributors of our time had flaws. Why? Because they were bad leaders? No. Because cracks come with being human.

I often speculate that some of these great leaders would never have made it in the age of the internet, where their imperfections would be magnified and scrutinized in social media. They may never have stood a chance of earning credibility or making an impact.

With modern news access, especially in an economy when fear sells, the rarity is the reality, and the reality is the rarity. One murder in a million, amplified in the news reels, suddenly makes a whole city feel afraid. The action of one employee, magnified by social media posts, can color the perception of an entire organization. If we aren’t careful and judge the many by the one, the behavior of a single person can taint an entire race. If we fail to understand the context and the means by which news is fed to us, we run the risk of naïve prejudice when we turn on our devices. It is both difficult and essential to a civil, sustainable society to expose ourselves to competing perspectives and exercise our freedom to choose – to “screen in and screen out.”

So how do you work with the flaws in yourself and others?

Here are three strategies to deal with the imperfect offerings we will inevitably bring to the world in our leadership:

  1. Be sincere. Sincere is derived from the Latin ‘sine’ meaning without, and ‘cera’, meaning wax. According to one popular explanation, dishonest sculptors in ancient Rome and Greece would cover flaws in their work with wax to deceive the viewer; therefore, a sculpture “without wax” would mean honesty in its imperfection. Sincerity means being honest with yourself and aware of the impact your behavior has on those around you. It’s about being open to seeing your inevitable cracks. You don’t need to shine a light on all your defects in public, but honesty and realness in the spirit of acceptance and a commitment to grow and change goes a long way.
  2. Start with the person in the mirror. It is human nature to see the flaws in others more readily than it is to see them within ourselves. Those in the public eye who risk daring greatly in the arena of critics, provide us with a great opportunity to look at ourselves before pointing the finger. Whenever you see arrogance, unethical behavior, or any other crack in a public figure, resist the human impulse to judge and instead take a close look at these potential blind spots within yourself. Get some feedback from trusted people in your life and listen carefully to what they tell you. Get some coaching. Grant yourself and others some grace. Reflect upon the notion that our judgement of others is often a defense against looking at our own flaws and a lack of courage to change.
  3. Find your gifts in the cracks. It’s within our flaws that the light of consciousness is able to see its way in and its way out. It is within our wounds that we are often able to use our gifts to make the world a better place. True authentic leadership is fueled by a voyage that takes us inward toward the hardest realities of our lives. To attain the capacity to influence in today’s changing and demanding world, along with the depth to lead with a strong authentic presence requires an inner journey, a journey to one’s heart, a journey to what I call the “Other Everest.”

Remember – no one is perfect, and it is through the cracks or imperfections that the light shines upon our gifts!


© 2018 by David Irvine. Permission to reprint is granted.
For information on how David can bring value to your organization, contact david@davidirvine.com

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The Soul’s Objective Union with God

“.. he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”   [2 Peter 1:4]

This week’s devotional meditation comes from spiritual writer Richard Rohr:

The Genesis story of the Judeo-Christian tradition is quite extraordinary. It says that we were created in the very “image and likeness” of God, proceeding from free and overflowing love (Genesis 1:26). This flow is rediscovered and re-experienced by various imperfect people throughout the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. This sets us on a positive and hopeful foundation, which cannot be overstated. The Bible illustrates, through various stories, humanity’s objective unity with God, the total [grace] of that love and, unfortunately, our resistance to such an “impossibility.”

Due to a lack of mysticism and contemplative consciousness, I find that many Christians still have no knowledge of the soul’s objective union with God (e.g., 1 John 3:2, 2 Peter 1:4). Such [grace] is too good to be true. Even ministers often fight me on this, quoting Augustine’s “original sin,” Calvin’s “total depravity,” or Luther’s statement, “humans are like piles of manure, covered over by Christ.” I am sure they all meant well, but they also dug a pit so deep that many could never climb out or allow themselves to be lifted out.

How do we ever undo such foundational damnation? Grace can only be trusted by an equally graceful human nature. Our work is merely to till the fertile soil, knowing that the Indwelling Spirit has already been planted within, and [the Spirit] is the One who “teaches you all things and reminds you of all things” (John 14:26). Many Christians have tried to pile a positive theology of salvation on top of a very negative anthropology of the human person, and it just does not work. The human self-image is too damaged and distorted within such a framework.

What we call sins are usually more symptoms of sin. Sin is primarily living outside of union; it is a state of separation—when the part poses as the Whole. It’s the loss of any inner experience of who you are in God. “Sins” often have more to do with ignorance than actual malice. Disconnected people may become malicious, but they did not start there. They began in union, and disunion became their experienced lie.

You can’t accomplish or work up to union with God, because you’ve already got it. “Before the world began you were chosen, chosen in Christ to live through love in his presence” (Ephesians 1:4). You cannot ever become worthy or “perfect” by yourself; you can only reconnect to your Infinite Source. The biblical revelation is about awakening, not accomplishing. It is about realization, not performanceYou cannot get there, you can only be there. Only the humble can receive it and surrender to such grace.

REFLECT:

  • How do you set aside the natural human tendency to want to accomplish and perform and just awaken to the realization that you are in a graceful union with God?

You Are the Beloved

“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love… I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:9,11)

Some thoughts from Henri J.M. Nouwen provide this week’s devotional thought on what it means to be the ‘beloved of God.’

Don’t you often hope: “May this book, idea, course, trip, job, country or relationship fulfill my deepest desire.”  But as long as you are waiting for that mysterious moment you will go on running helter-skelter, always anxious and restless, always on edge and angry, never fully satisfied.  You know that this is the compulsiveness that keeps us going and busy, but at the same time makes us wonder whether we are getting anywhere in the long run.  This is the way to spiritual exhaustion and burn-out.  This is the way to spiritual death.

Well, you and I don’t have to kill ourselves.  We are the Beloved.  We are intimately loved long before our teachers, spouses, children and friends loved or wounded us.  That’s the truth of our lives.  That’s the truth I want you to claim for yourself.  That’s the truth spoken by the voice that says, “You are my Beloved.”

Listening to that voice with great inner attentiveness, I hear at my center words that say: “I have called you by name, from the very beginning.  You are mine and I am yours.  You are my Beloved, on you, my favor rests.  I have moulded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb.  I have carved you in the palms of my hands and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace.  I look at you with infinite tenderness and care for you with a care more intimate than that of a mother for her child.  I have counted every hair on your head and guided you at every step.  Where you go, I go with you, and wherever you rest, I keep watch.  I will give you food that will satisfy all your hunger and drink that will quench all your thirst.  I will not hide my face from you.  You know me as your own as I know you as my own.  You belong to me.  I am your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your lover and your spouse…yes, even your child… wherever you are I will be.  Nothing will ever separate us.   “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.”

From ‘Life of the Beloved’ by Henri J.M. Nouwen

REFLECT:

  • Is some of your compulsive busyness driven by an uncertainty that you are worthy of love?
  • How will you begin to accept the deep truth that you are God’s Beloved?

John Wiseman –  Corpath Business Forums – www.corpath.ca
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