Monday, November 28, 2011

Word of the Year


[lev-er-ij, lee-ver-] noun, verb, -aged, -ag·ing.
power or ability to act or to influence people, events, decisions, etc.; sway. advantage, strength, clout, pull.
the use of a small initial investment to gain a very high return in relation to one's investment.
verb (used with an object)
to exert power or influence on.
to use a quality or advantage to obtain a desired effect or result.

I've heard a lot of my favorite preachers using the word leverage lately.  It's a word I'd not heard much in church before, but alas there is nothing new under the sun.  The idea of leveraging what you have and where you are to further the kingdom of God is found throughout the Bible.  

*Remember the parable of the talents?
*Think about Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah: "To these four young men   God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning.  And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds." -Daniel 1:17
*Remember Nehemiah?  He was cupbearer to King Artaxerxes and leveraged that position to begin the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
*Esther leveraged her influence on the King to save her people.
*Preaching from the parable of the shrewd manager a couple of weeks ago Scott Meyer said, "I don't care how wealthy you are or how young you are, in God's eyes we all have just a little bit of time and a little bit of money.  The question is how will you leverage that on behalf of the Kingdom?  And the encouraging, powerful thing from this parable is that you can leverage your temporary worldly things to actually affect the population of eternity.  How's that for an investment?" 

And what of those who squandered their position?  10 of the 12 who came back from spying out Canaan died wandering around in the desert.  Saul lost the throne, Judus leveraged his position to betray Jesus. 

So the question comes to you...
How can you leverage your home, your money, your car, your radio show, your blog, your job, your time, your influence with family and friends?  And where you can, will you???

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

At Work Today

Let me start by confessing that I believe that names are important.  I believe they can prophetically speak into a person's future and can connect them to the past.  That's Biblical.  Old and New Testaments. 
Okay, that's all the preaching I'll do for today.  Here's the rest of the story.....

Seatrain Lines was the name of a shipping company most responsible for the introduction of the standard international intermodal container.  One of their containers is pictured below.

In 1980 a pregnant woman in Louisiana saw one of these containers and thought, "Hmm, I'll name my son after that."  After further consideration or maybe she just forgot how it was spelled, she dropped the "i", and on the day her child was born gave him the name Seatran.  With the 1st syllable having a short "e" sound and the 2nd having a short "0" sound with emphasis on the 2nd. (se-tron)

Thirty years later....Seatran has changed the pronunciation back to the original and now calls himself C-Train.  Yes, that's how he spells it now too, C dash Train, and today C-Train was my conductor.   The baby who was named after a shipping container on a passing train is now a railroad conductor. 
Ain't life funny sometimes.

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