Ok…going to try a new series here and hopefully you like it. The idea is rather simple: 4-5 notes or memos to keep in mind for the coming week or to remind you of from the weekend.
Why Monday? It’s when a lot people in the world unwind from the weekend and wind up for another work week. Since these are memos, these will be short and to the point. So here goes….
Memo #1: To my fellow Americans…voting on Tuesday is still an important civic duty even if you are sick of hearing from both candidates and even if you simply want this election cycle to be over. Two quotes from Alexis De Tocqueville, from his study entitled Democracy in America. Happy Voting.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Memo #2: To Fellow Leaders and Managers….Seth Godin posted these thoughts a while back and they’re worth reviewing. “Managers work to get their employees to do what they did yesterday, but a little faster and a little cheaper.
Leaders, on the other hand, know where they’d like to go, but understand that they can’t get there without their tribe, without giving those they lead the tools to make something happen.
Managers want authority. Leaders take responsibility.
We need both. But we have to be careful not to confuse them. And it helps to remember that leaders are scarce and thus more valuable”
Memo #3: To Christians….during the sermon yesterday, our pastor quoted an older sermon on idolatry from David Clarkson, who lived and worked during the 1600’s. Clarkson makes a distinction between external and internal worship and thus, idolatry falls in to two categories, open and secret. The entire text is worth reading and it’s concerning Soul Idolatry.
Memo #4: To fellow dads and husbands….Before you rush off to the work week, make sure your wife knows she’s not out of mind when you’re out of sight and buried in new projects and new deadlines. If you’re traveling, take those key family photos with you and yes, call home regularly. Tweet, email, or text if you have to….Paul Tripp is worth remembering in his book What Did You Expect? “Love is a commitment to say no to selfish instincts and to do everything that is within your ability to promote real unity, functional understanding, and active love in your marriage.”