A line from the late business guru addresses, in a very clear way an understanding of title that when applied personally will solve many of the horrendous abuses of power we read about nearly every day. Note this gem:
“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.”
Take a look at rank, privilege, power and responsibility and see if you can figure out which word is missing, rather in a super major scandal such as Enron, or a family squabble, one word is nearly always missing, for some reason.
The honor to be trusted with rank, privilege or power is bestowed with the belief that such will be used judiciously with an understanding of the opportunities to help people under your supervision to become more adept at what they do. Historically the abuse of rank, privilege or power involves an unwillingness to accept responsibility for the result of the abuse of trust implicit in having position.
The Terrific Three, rank, privilege and power are in force no matter what clothes they wear, be it parent, older child, line foreman, pilot in command, air traffic controller, night clerk, you name it, a certain responsibility to use the Terrific Three wisely is ever present. I shudder to think of the long term damage done to others by the abuse of the three in the field of preaching, teaching or a leading role in athletics.
In his teaching concerning stewardship, and by the way, we are stewards of life among other things, Jesus told of some stewards caught unawares when the Lord came receiving severe chastening and others who were using their privilege wisely receiving rewards. He capped off the teaching with this:
Luke 12:48 “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”
The very best use of the Terrific Three has always and always will require the control of self.
Please remember the larger the portion of the Terrific Three given to you, the more responsible use is required. That’s what Jesus says.
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