24 May: A Model of Selfless and Enduring Support

Solomon’s exploits appear beyond scripture; in ancient literature and Hebrew legend passed through generations. One Yiddish tale is of King Solomon’s desire for a specific thing. While the tale varies as to what prompted it, the desire is consistent. Solomon wanted a piece of jewelry that would make a happy man sad, or a sad man happy. He sent his most trusted, honored and capable man, the son of Yehoyada, to find it. Yehoyda’s son went throughout Israel in search of it. It seemed impossible. Different things would make different people happy or sad. He visited many stores, examining items and listening to peddler’s pitches. Everyone wanted to provide the solution for the distinguished king, but nobody could. He searched through the Spring and Summer, then began his return to the castle. Carrying the burden of failure, he went into a modest shop along the way. Seeing nothing, he was walking…

17 May: Calm Under Stress

While working at a Christian ministry years ago, our HR department put all managers through leadership personality awareness training, using the DISC method. DISC defines Dominant (Direct), Inspiring (Interactive), Supportive (Steady) or Cautious (Conscientious) leadership styles. DISC is another version of the common A, B, C or D studies. While labels vary, the ABCD styles are generally A) Dominant, B) Social, C) Analytical and D) Cautious. Many know about, “the A-Type leader.” Sometimes the “A” also references the first letter of an anatomical region unflattering of the labeled subject. Per the DISC method, I scored as a “High S-type leader.” Except under stress. Under stress I went full “D.” So much so, the instructor used me as an oddity example in front of the class of managers. Classmates chuckled as they identified with her assessment that I was normally pretty easy going and analytical. Threatened however, I was Patton. Through…

10 May: Post the Killer’s Names

Those who commit heinous cowardly acts for notoriety should be denied fame by never seeing their name in print. However, when an abusive man hurts the people he should protect, their name should be spread. By the time they’re incarcerated every inmate should know their story. In Matthew 18:6, Jesus said, “it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” In Matthew 22:13, He offered a solution for one attempting to enter the kingdom while arrogantly exhibiting personal rebellion of kingdom values, “Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside…” In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul said, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” When a man attacks those he is responsible for, he…