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WRONG TOOL FOR THE JOB
Last week was Fall break for many American schools. For me, that meant a few days off tackling to-do lists and knocking out the things that don’t get prioritized during a normal work week. One item on my Wunderlist To-Do list was “Install master bath towel hooks.” It sounded simple enough, so simple in fact, that I opted to add tackling the guest bathroom and installing hand towel holders to the list as well. No problem!
Our master bathroom is a beautiful, large open space that is full of gorgeous marble—everywhere. Marble floors, marble countertops, marble backsplash, and even marble walls. As I looked at the solid marble wall that needed a hand towel holder and two shower towel hooks, I saw a potential problem: six holes needed to be drilled in this solid, hard, yet fragile surface.
If you’ve never attempted to drill a hole in solid marble, please know it requires a bit of care, the right approach, and absolutely the right tools. Your typical drill bit, drill, and approach would be like using a hammer to screw in a nail. Can you hammer in a screw? Yes, yes you can. But it won’t work well, and drilling a hole in marble with a regular bit won't work well either. So, what do you need to drill into marble? You need the right diamond-tipped drill bits, a water source to cool the bits, and you need a guide to hold the bit into place. If you don't have these tools you will spend a lot of unnecessary time, require brute force, more than likely break tools, possibly damage your expensive marble, and end up very frustrated.
The wrong-tool-for-the-job-thinking should also apply to other areas of our lives and leadership. As I used the wrong drill bit with extreme force to drill into the marble slab, eventually breaking the bit, I saw similarities to areas where I am outside of God's giftings on my life. Areas I can absolutely bring energy to and areas I can focus on—but am I the right tool for the job?
To navigate this with the best results, we must understand first what our gifts, strengths, and talents are. It all starts with self-awareness! Then beyond self-awareness, we must be willing to put our realizations into action. We must recognize that if our mom or dad told us growing up that we could be anything we wanted to be...they were wrong, misinformed, or just lying. We cannot be anything we want to be, but we can be anything God desires and wills us to be, and we should be focused on being the absolute best version of that!
Paul talked about this in Romans 12:
“...I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.”
—Romans 12:3-6 NLT
He also shared this with the Corinthians:
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.”
—1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NLT
Paul has some outstanding words for us! He is saying don’t be the wrong tool for the job!
Check this out:
Warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are.
Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves. Check yourself before you wreck yourself. You ain’t all that, nor am I. We must check our pride at the door and get honest with ourselves.
God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.
Our gifts are a blessing from God, we should know what they are and use them. Often times, it takes outside counsel and assistance to really discover our gifts and strengths.
So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.
USE IT! This is the parable of the talents; we have God-given gifts and talents, and we are going to be held accountable for using them. Also, check out the second part of this verse “with as much faith as God has given you.” Paul did not say with as much faith as He has given your coworker, or your spouse, or your ever-blessed and talented best friend. No, with what you have been given. In the parable of the talents, God still produced a 100% return on investment with the two who invested their gifts. 5 turned into 10, and 2 turned into 4. Same return on investment.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
You are made in the image of the creator of the universe.
You are greatly loved.
You are a masterful work of art.
You are redeemed and set free through Christ.
You have a purpose and a calling!
So, what is your next step? Life is too short, and your calling is too big to be misaligned. Take one step in the direction of your future...now.
PIXEL 3 & HOME HUB
I am not ready for a full review, I have only had the Pixel 3 XL a handful of days and the Home Hub even fewer. However, in the near future, I will put out my thoughts on both of Google's newest products. Overall, I am looking forward to being back on Android for a while, and the Google Home Hub looks really promising. More to come.
Uber projects it will deliver food via drone by 2021. The company posted a job listing on its website looking for an operations executive for the project. The listing said Uber would like to make its delivery drones functional as soon as next year, with the drones being commercially operational in multiple markets by 2021. Uber removed the job listing after an inquiry from the Wall Street Journal, saying the posting did not fully reflect the program which is still in its early days. UberEats has been a bright spot for the company, with some bankers valuing the business at $20 billion. — WSJ
Apple's App Store ads could become a $2 billion business by 2020, according to Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi. Apple's search ads, which appear at the top of App Store pages marked by a blue tint and "Ad" marker, are expected to generate more than $500 million in revenue this year. With the prediction, the App Store ad division would play a hefty role in Apple's goal to make its services business a $49 billion business by 2020. — CNBC
RECOMMENDED WEEKEND READING
The World’s Oldest Barber Is 107 years old and Still Cutting Hair Full Time
Inspiring on so many levels. It reminds me of Melvin, a barber I meet a few weeks ago. I stopped into a barber shop in OKC, and Melvin—who is 89—cut my hair. He’s been cutting hair for more than 75 years. His stories and joyful demeanor were something special. Much like this article about Anthony, a 107-year old man, who still loves to cut hair.
Don’t Think I’ll Ever Retire. Here’s Why.
Nearly every week, Robin says to me, ”You’re never going to retire.” Sometimes I think her statement is true. I love working, and absolutely love what I get to do every day. However, on the other hand, I can envision that “work” could look a lot different when I get into the final chapters of my life. But, that’s a long time off...until then, here is a great read about why retirement isn't for everyone.
Triggers and Cycles
The first spoonful of ice cream can trigger a cycle of binge eating that you’ll regret later.
Amen! A brilliant, short read from Seth.
5 Daily Habits of Jeff Bezos
When the habits of the wealthiest man in the world are discussed, it might be a good idea to pay attention. Jeff Bezos has a lot of negative things written about him, mostly around his management style...but, I have always felt it was important to listen to anyone and be willing to learn from all situations. Some great learnings in this article about Bezos.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. —Michelangelo