Man is not an island unto himself. He is dependent on others. He cannot accomplish great things in the singular. Didn’t someone once say…it takes a village to raise a child? Isn’t it when we come-together as a group, with the one for all, and all for one objective, that we can accomplish our objective. Stan McChrystal, Retired General, US Army says it best….“As a leader, I have always seen it as my most critical function to create the “we,” to place oneself at the center of diverse and amazing talent, and pull them together around a common purpose. “I” is ego, and a risky path for any leader. “We” is empowerment, transparency, and shared context – all of the things the modern environment requires to be effective. But it is not enough to say these things – today’s leaders must work like they never have before to create the environment where this is not just theoretical chatter at the quarterly town-hall, but visible to your organization in the way you lead, the focus you demonstrate, and the methods in which you communicate with your people. Today’s workers are watching their leaders like they never have in the past. They know that yesterday’s stove-piped approaches won’t work. They also know that only “we”-focused leaders, those willing to put themselves in the middle of today’s chaos, will send them the message they need to hear.”
We all know that Jesus Christ, could have, with just a click of a finger, saved all of mankind without giving his own earthly body as the ultimate sacrifice, yet, He appointed “The Twelve Apostles,” and hundreds of disciples… to spread His word; which is still the case today. Spreading “the word” is not a one-man job.
Matthew 28:16-20 – Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus’s message to us is very clear. It has taken me over 60 years to realize that Jesus was talking to me, as well as the Apostles. We all are commissioned to spread the Word. For me, by Jesus Christ. Let me be CLEAR…. the closer to home that it get, the more you realize that “it’s our job” to spread God’s word. We are responsible for “our neighbor.” I believe that they’re “guardian angels” all around us, sent to us by God, whose sole assignment, in life, is to guide us, to secure our safety, to protect us, to clear the path. There is no doubt that good angels help protect (Daniel 6:20-23; 2 Kings 6:13-17), reveal information (Acts 7:52-53; Luke 1:11-20), guide (Matthew 1:20-21; Acts 8:26), provide for (Genesis 21:17-20; 1 Kings 19:5-7), and minister to believers in general, which is my favorite, and found in (Hebrews 1:14) – Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? Pay attention: Your Guardian Angel might just be sitting next to you right now.….Blessings…cjlb…9/18/14.
Photo Credit: Original painting by yours truly….cjlb