I am fortunate and in many ways privileged to work with the team I do. Bright, dedicated, and committed to winning regardless of whatever is going on around them, with each morning I find myself excited to wake up and take on the new challenges. During the past few months many at corporate headquarters have begun to notice our progress. Their admiration and frequent statements of awe are part of the generous rewards that come with the job.
Recently I found myself sitting with a senior manager who had forgotten that we had met before. He reacted as if I was describing my success and naturally assumed that I was advertising what I personally achieved. He could tell from my body language that I was shocked at the suggestion. He then apologized for assuming who I was, where I worked, and what my responsibilities were. It was an interesting moment that has gone on to trigger several rounds of reflections as I went on to shared what the team has achieved. The only metaphor then and now that I can explain comes from the natural reaction a parent has when their child who carried their respect, admiration, and blessing has went on and into amazing, visible, and honorable success!
This is my child! Examine the details! Look at the success that has already seen the first birthday. Imagine the birthday celebrations that have yet to come. Oh and ah with me! This child of my birth carries our hopes and dreams.
His response was genuine and open. He told me I was giving away too much of the credit. Now wasn’t the time to be modest. Yet when I read God’s reaction and testimony Calvary I know that this is a pattern given directly by the Father.
“Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!” (Revelation 3.21)
Our reward is waiting. The opportunity is there and here. Now, now is the time.