...and he sobbed in my arms, and said, "Thank you for inspiring me. I am merely a boy named Tim Tebow, but after what you just said, I promise you, I will become someone."
But the point is this: Are you a leader? If so, I welcome you. My Awesomely Bold Leadership Seminar is for you, and your unique needs and challenges. Are you a follower? If so, I welcome you. My seminar is for your unique needs and challenges.
Our one-day, $275 seminars are for a select few: Those who lead, and those who do not lead. Those who lead will emerge empowered to continue leading; those who do not lead will emerge empowered with a renewed sense of awe for leaders.
Plus box lunch.
Friend, which are you? It reminds me of a conversation I had while shooting skeet with Michael W. Smith, when suddenly Tony Dungy walked up and...
Rule #281: What's More Challenging to Lead: A Church, or a Business, or the Military? Actually, They're Exactly the Same
...and let's just say they won't be walking across my lawn again. Not in this lifetime.
Here's the point: I'm often asked, because I teach leadership to church AND business leaders AND military generals, using the same exact principles, "What's more challenging?"
And the answer is that it's exactly the same. As the kids say these days, "Duh!", friend! (I smile as I write that!)
All take awesomeness. All take boldness. All take gutsy decisions and command presence. All require looking to the future, seeing and seizing the trends. All demand a leader who sorta listens, but then calls the shots, and tells people what to do, because the buck stops here.
And like Patton said, "A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week," and that's true on the battlefield, in the boardroom, or at V.B.S.
Obviously, all leadership principles apply to everyone, everywhere, regardless of context. That's what's so awesome about it.
I was explaining this while tandem-biking through Texas with Brett Favre, and...
Bob just pointed out, in the last comment thread, that Richard John Neuhaus died today.
This really hurts.
Weeks ago, some friends and I hit on a topic: Among people we don't really know, whose death would be the most meaningful, maybe even to the point of tears?
Someone said Bono, I remember that. I said Richard John Neuhaus.
I got the chance to talk to him a couple times. It was flagrant abuse of my radio talk show: My boss wanted me to interview actors, athletes, celebs. I booked Richard John Neuhaus.
It sounds goofy, I know, but I was nervous talking to him. Some people you want to talk to, but then realize, "I can't sum up how important this guy has been to me. And if I do, he'll just think I'm a freak." So I asked him some questions, said "Thanks for First Things," and that was it.
My mind may be mal-formed, but don't blame RJN. He had a hand in what good there is. You may even notice him on my category list: "Stolen from Richard John Neuhaus, Who's Alive, But is Too Nice to Sue, Probably" Truth is, I've internalized so much of his perspective, I don't know what's original to him anymore.
I want to write like him. I won't, though, because I can't. I'm not smart enough. But precious few are. And I'm not sure anyone can read as voluminously as Richard John Neuhaus read. His mind was like a river system, stretching to the far very reaches, gathering energy and soil, and ultimately funneling to a wide, worn, strong central stream of truth.
He was always reading, and writing, I was hoping the current would never stop.
No, I can't write like him. But someone told me once, "You write how you read," and there's something to that. What you read changes how you write. And there are some writers who, if you read them enough, well, you begin to hear them.
I think he heard Chesterton, but I'll keep hearing Neuhaus.
I think that's cool. Hard to be against extra discernment. Especially when the "author may have espoused thoughts, ideas, or concepts that could be considered inconsistent with historical evangelical theology."
"May", "thoughts", "could be considered"...by somebody...somewhere. "Historical evangelical theology"...dating back, literally, tens of years.
I'm thinking of some other disclaimers -- ones they don't use: "We now know author wrote this book while treating his wife like dirt." Or, "Author once entertained thought inconsistent with public ministry and theology of Billy Graham." (Billy Graham would say they could put that on Billy Graham's books.)
How about, "Author acts all 'Ooh, I'm a big man,' but his kids don't know him."
Maybe they shouldn't do that.
Someone smart should write more about this whole Tradition thing for evangelicals, and how they're so often simultaneously anti-Catholic and...Catholic. I'd write about it. But someone smart should, first. Then I'll just link to it, and include a picture of snuggling milk goats or something. Everybody has a role in blogdom.
Anyway, I kinda like this system: Some books get "extra discernment", and some books? Relax. Take a deep breath and inhale. You're reading Tim LaHaye. The Left Behind series.
They don't have a disclaimer on that one. Swallow it whole, please. It has no thoughts, ideas, or concepts that could even be considered, by anyone, anywhere, inconsistent with Historical Evangelical Theology.
Left Behind: Solid. The Shack: Maybe too dangerous.
Wonder which one questions the institutional church?
The Magic Bullet has changed my life: I'm now a fruit-eater. I couldn't say that before. I used to hate fruit. I know it's a wonderful, life-giving, refreshing, nourishing gift from God. It's just made too slimy.
Enter: Magic Bullet. With Party Cups (TM) with Comfort Lip Rings (TM). It makes fruit into a drink. Fast.
I got it for my wife for Christmas. She's going to be really happy with it, I think, when she gets some time with it. She says so. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying one awesome smoothie after another. The Magic in the Magic Bullet is that it takes anything -- anything at all -- and instantly makes it liquid.
My fave recipe so far:
1) Grab a bunch of random stuff lying around the kitchen, including juices, toast, cereal boxes, silverware -- whatever.
2) Put it in Magic Bullet
3) Drink it
I like reading the little book that came with it, because it congratulates me on my purchase, and that makes me feel pretty good. it tells me about how my Magic Bullet will chop, mince, peel, and grind! I've learned by "chop", they mean, "liquefy". And by "mince", "peel", or "grind", they mean, "liquefy".
It tastes great, and I LOVE smoothies, even made with stuff like, say, fruit. The Magic Bullet makes everything taste great, instantly. I saw them use it on television, and when these people used it, everybody gathered 'round their kitchen, and they were really popular, and I can see why. I like The Magic Bullet. Too bad you don't have one, loser.
P.S. -- Next, I will buy "Snuggies" for the family, so that we can slap "high-fives" at sporting events, dressed as very snuggly Druid HIgh Priests.
Because there's nothing more fun than forcing people to look at your own photo albums, here's an online version.
I can't force you to look at it. I can't even force myself to think you'd want to. But here it is.
Oh, the places you'll go!