Recently, I read an article. It was terrible. Greatest receiver of all time, calling out the most talented receiver of all time. Jerry Rice versus Randy Moss.
Without a doubt two of the biggest game changers the game has ever seen. In the article Jerry Rice bluntly states:
He could have been one of the greatest if he had worked just a little bit harder.
When I read the article, I could help but think of the parable of the talents. The owner, gives every worker the same amount of “talent” then comes back and says, “What have you done with what I gave you”?
WHOA! This is kind of scary. What if God asks us the same thing? What if he has given us our gifts and then expects us to use them? Novel idea, I know. Earth shattering revelation.
I’ve been THAT guy. I’ve been the guy with talent that skated by using my God given abilities, and not giving it a second thought. I spent the first 30 years of my life as THAT guy. I’m sick of it. Time to take names.
What have you done with YOUR talents? Have they been buried in the ground? Are you using half of your talents? Buried the other half? Do you even know where they are?
Today I leave on my second trip to Joplin. I will never again take for granted the roof above my head, the stuff in my house, but most importantly those I love. The stories I heard in Joplin will forever be ingrained in my mind and leave a lasting impression on who I am.
When I looked at the flattened homes and the non-existent businesses, I quickly realized that the human toll of this storm should have been much higher. I realized that while there will be many that ask, “Where was God”, the answer is clear. I saw people doing anything they could to help others, even when they had lost everything themselves.
Then I saw the flip side. The first night we were there, we were stopped at roadblock that was required due to the amount of looting. I spoke with a woman, whose van was stolen the night of the tornado by a teenager and driven around town stealing.
You can truly see the heart of people when they have no other choice but to be transparent.
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When you own a business, it is usually pretty easy to see which choice is best for the company. The difficulty comes when you are required to make a decision that doesn’t clearly benefit your company, but is no doubt the right choice, even if it benefits the client, business partner of even the competitor.
- Are you able to call in a competitor to help when you get in over your head?
- Are you able give the lead to a business partner or competitor when you know you don’t have time?
- Are you able to “fire” a client when you know it is in the best interest of your company and the client?
Gaining or keeping business, is not always the right thing. These decisions may clearly help someone else, but in the end, your business is the one that benefits most. You did the right thing. You made the hard decision. And people notice that.
Are you making those difficult decisions? Decisions that on the surface appear to be crazy. Tell me about them.
A little more than 2 years ago my life changed. If you have read my previous blog or if you continue reading this one you will find out how my life changed, but for now that’s all you need to know.
I quit my job, started my own business, and then, a series of tornadoes decided to make their way through Alabama and the surrounding states. I received tweet after tweet from people in the affected area speaking of how bad it was. They were standing on streets where no one survived. Where not a single house still stood……and then God punched me!
Do something Robert. Use your skills, your connections, your God-given talents and your love for others to help these people.
Then I went to Catalyst Dallas. The theme?
In essence, don’t makes excuses to do what God is calling you to do. Another sucker punch. So I started planning a trip to Alabama. Trying to get people to come with me. It was kind of working, but something was missing. And then…an EF5 Tornado ripped through Joplin like it was Lincoln Logs. I sat there dumbfounded watching the Weather Channel and praying that God help me. I went home, created a Facebook page and a Twitter account and started planning a personal trip to Joplin.
Long story short, I will spend countless hours of my future helping those in disasters. I wrote to ask you to join me, to come along side me and help these people as well. I also write to notify you and possibly warn you that I will speak about this unapologetically in the future. This is not something I am trying to “sell”. It is something I think we are all called to care about, and because of that I will keep pushing, asking for help, and providing ways for each of you to serve and I will not apologize if I get annoying about it.