When you are reading do you ever get caught up in a sentence, a phrase that won’t let go? Earl Nightingale suggested that we “spear” such phrases as they swim by for later musing. This practice had been a great help to me over the years. I share one of these “Speared” gems here:
“Work for a cause, NOT for applause. Live life to express, NOT to impress. Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” Jeff Yalden.
Most people would be hard pressed to share better advice for moving up the food chain. This advice is of triple value if you per chance labor in the spiritual realm. Jesus sternly rebuked the Pharisees of His day for their compulsive insistence on captivating others by their pretentious robes and making sure everyone heard the sound of their offerings in the temple. Some even had trumpeters sounding their arrival for worship!
Not much has changed over time. Many who spend a lot of time and effort to make sure they are noticed actuality make a feeling of relief when they leave the room, sort of like “thank God and Greyhound; they have relieved us of the pleasure of their company.”
Among some of our leading pastors, I often hear remarks about current and former staff members, or even fellow pastors, missionaries, etc., with the phrase; “He/She shows well.” They mean the person being reviewed, puts up a brilliant front, though the quality of their work is poor.
Over long years I have been learning, from the observation that some of the least impressive people are the most successful in life. This is true no matter what the profession may be.
One of Indiana’s most successful Neurosurgeons, Dr. Theodore Luros, performed a 5th Cervical Fusion on yours truly when I was seriously injured in a ball game. Dr. Luros was as familiar as an old shoe, wearing cowboy boots around the office. He used everyday, clear to be understood language. You would not have picked him out of a crowd.
When JFK was assassinated, Dr. Luros was immediately called and on a plane for Dallas. Tragically his services were not needed as the President was dead.
Dr. Luros, though humble, was a man of stellar achievement.
Jesus Christ was so unnoticeable that he could get lost in a crowd.
Larry Lilly, You are free to use. For Twitter use go to https://www.larrylilly.net/blog
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