“…It comes in the form of “north vs south” issue, or young guy vs the old-timer; or the borrower vs. the lender… and usually it’s all about JEALOUSLY…”

“Leaders Can Change Their Spots.”   You’ve heard it….. “You can take the Leopard out of the jungle, but you can’t take the Spots (or jungle) out of the Leopard.” Or, something similar. Throughout my career, I’ve felt that I had a bit too many “spots,” lurking about, in the background of my career….changing their “spots,” or waiting to “attack.”

They come in all different forms… bosses, bankers, senior management, mid-management, and lower management….or…co-workers, and maybe, even… suppliers and local government (they’re the WORST). For the most part; I tolerated the interference. Some, so called leaders, started out helping you, and then later…trying to hurt you…or, upstage you, or even try to “kill your career.”

It comes in the form of “north vs. south” issue, or young guy vs the old-timer; or the borrower vs the lender, or religious and political differences… and usually it’s all about JEALOUSLY…. I think. My “spots” followed me throughout my career…even, to this day…to some degree. It was not until late in my career that I finally awakened to the idea that “it really didn’t make any difference.” Mainly, because… it’s “good vs evil.”

And, if I’m on the “good side,” then, why worry. The reward, now, is even better, as it comes late in life; at a time when one begins to think about Legacy. Today, I’m much more interested in being an “instrument of peace,” and a “conduit of love,” than a forceful Leader (Ruler)…worrying about the “spots.” Sure, there was a TIME when I “relished the fight,” and won my share… and lost more than I care to admit. Fighting with the “spots” will really SHARPEN your skills…. Believe me.

There’s always going to be someone wanting to attack….or, “change their spots.” They’re everywhere… even in the “church pew.” You have “trouble-makers” who always seem to have CONFLICT with the “new minister.” (Or, vice-versa). And, if the TROUBLE MAKER is “hell-bent” on causing you MISERY…. He likely is going to win… sometime down the road; even if it gets you to the point of frustration of just “wanting to quit”……Church…school…home…office….trouble everywhere.

But WAIT… there is solace…. I can point you to someone who NEVER changes. And that would be the “good Lord, God, and King of the Universe… Jesus Christ…God, Almighty.” We’re told in Malachi 3:6For I am the LORD, I CHANGE NOT.

God’s attributes never change, God’s message doesn’t change. In Hebrews 1:8, 10-12, it says – ‘You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.’”

So, if you’re looking for STABILITY… EVERLASTING LOVE, and …LIFE EVERLASTING, then, my friend…. Turn to God… His “spots never change.” ….Blessings…cjlb…8/6/15.  

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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