Image: Brandy Ybarra
Reporter Rob Asghar, via a Forbes article on how corporate CEOs could learn a thing or two about leading from college presidents:
As one college president told me, ‘You don’t say, ‘‘Professor Smith, I need you to make this change.’’ Instead, you say, ‘‘Professor Smith, I have a great idea I’d like to run past you. I really need your input in order to make this work, and I wonder if you have any thoughts about how to improve my idea and how to implement it?’’’”
This quote is taken from an excellent article on Ann Voskamp’s blog, based on a conversation with her daughter about comparing and measuring ourselves against others.
Here’s another great thought she shares:
“Know how Dad always tells the boys when they’re building something? ‘Measure twice cut once.’
“Well, when you’re building a life? Measure yourself once against anyone else – and you cut twice: them and you.”
I highly recommend that you read the whole thing…
From the book Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young:
Interesting factoid about the book Jesus Calling:
As of this summer, Jesus Calling had sold 9 million copies in 26 languages, and Publishers Weekly reported that it remained the No. 5 bestseller of the first half of 2013—for all books, not just Christian ones: It outsold Fifty Shades of Grey. (source)
John Ortberg, in Seven Things I Hate About Spiritual Formation:
Just as there is an ‘outer you’ that is being formed and shaped all the time, like it or not, by accident or on purpose, so there is an ‘inner you.’ You have a spirit. And it’s constantly being shaped and tugged at: by what you hear and watch and say and read and think and experience. Everyone is being spiritually formed all the time. Whether they want to or not. Whether they’re Christian or not. The question isn’t if someone will sign up for spiritual formation; it’s just who and what our spirits will be formed by.
Photo credit: Samuel Cashwan (right) and an assistant, working on the sculpture Peace; via Archives of American Art.