Dirtiest Job

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Several years ago there was a show on Discovery channel named Dirty Jobs that was hosted by a man named Mike Rowe. To be honest, I had to look up how many seasons they filmed because I couldn’t quite watch it due to a soft stomach. Believe it or not, the show was filmed for 9 seasons, and for many people it was a favorite. I could never imagine myself going to work in environments such as the deadly snake wrangler. How do you even interview for a job like that? There were also jobs like sludge recycler, sewer inspector, garbage collector, road-kill collector, and pig farmer, and those are just from Season 1 alone. I guess someone has to do these jobs and believe me, I’m just glad someone does since I happen to like bacon. Here is a list of the top ten dirty jobs according to the show:

 

Garbage Collector

Gastroenterologist

Dairy Farmhand (Shout out to Dean Hammond)

Sewage Cleaners

Oil Rig Personnel

Coal Miner

Embalmer

Hazardous Material Remover

Pest Control Removal Specialist (Shout out to Jeff Terwilliger)

High Rise Window Washer

 

As we think of the Cross, we must remember that Jesus truly took the lowest position for all so that we could experience eternal life. Jesus showed His disciples just how far he would stoop to serve them. In John 13:4-8 you see this incredible act of love and service to his disciples.

 

  1. ” So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.6. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7. Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”8. “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

 

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

 

If you have ever participated in a foot washing service you know how humbling it is. This act would have shocked the disciples because in Jesus’ day, this act was reserved for the lowest servant. It was a task that a Gentile slave may do for their master or a host or hostess might have washed the guest’s feet. With that understanding, we can see why Peter would say never! But Jesus was clear with him, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

 

The Cross is the most humbling act and is hard for us to look to. That Jesus was willing to lower himself for me? That’s incredible love that I cannot understand. We must remember that without this humble servant, without the Cross, and without the empty tomb, we could have no part in Eternity. Praise God that he was willing to humble himself for you and me.

 

 

Philippians 2:6-7

  1. Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7. But emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.…

 

May we learn to truly live in that example, to empty ourselves for the sake of others. It has been said that humility is not thinking meanly of oneself; it is simply not thinking of oneself at all. True humility grows out of our relationship with the Father. No one, in all of history has fulfilled that definition better then Jesus Christ.

Brian

Are You Here or Are you There?

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Andy Stanley coined the term “visioneering” to describe the act of creating and reaching a vision. Visioneering is an important part of leadership because “leadership is the act of taking others where they will not – or cannot – go on their own”. To lead others to where they have never been requires the necessity of knowing where to go and how to get there; i.e., visioneering.

It requires more than being an “idea man”. A million great ideas have never been given birth to, or die prematurely, because of one’s inability to know how to develop the path from getting here to there.

Below is a “readers digest” version of developing the ability to reach our goals:

 

Ask the question. Too often when we think about what we would like to see accomplished in the future our fear or negativity holds us back. To achieve it, we have to put proper focus on what we would like to achieve in the future. It begins with a simple question: Are you here or are you there? Your mind and interest must be there – pondering what the future could/should be like – rather than where you are at present; you need to start on the path and give significant attention to there in order to eventually reach the goal. By adopting your future mindset now, you can push all that self-doubt aside, and each calculated step along the way becomes the building blocks to accomplish your vision. This is the most powerful part of the entire exercise.

Write it down. Use a large whiteboard to write all the mini-goals that are the steps along the way to reach your ultimate goal.  No one just jumps from here to there – there are calculated steps along the way. Then set as your immediate goal the first step in the process, then the next step, and the next while keeping an eye on the ultimate vision. The more steps that are successfully achieved, the more energy will grow for you and the others taking the journey with you. Remember to celebrate the success of each step along the way!

 

Keep your eye on the ultimate goal. You and your team might have come up with fifteen or so steps that have been accomplished and everything seems beautiful and rewarding. Sometimes so much so that we might intentionally or unintentionally be content to drive our stakes in the ground and settle in part way along the journey. Don’t take your eye of the ultimate vision – it has been determined to be an honorable goal and worthy of your continued attention and progress.

Talk out the story. Again and again, highlight how far you have come; have fun with it and include everyone in the excitement of reaching the ultimate goal which is now closer than it has ever been! You know you have done a good job if everyone is excited, and a bit anxious about what is still in front of you. Talk the story; live the story!

 

Broadcast the impending achievement. As the final vision draws close on the horizon, unveil the vision to all who will benefit from it. Until now it has been the production of some, maybe many. But in reality, any great vision has a long reaching effect. It is now time to turn everyone’s eyes on the approaching victory. This last step helps to renew the energy of all who have become weary in the journey and brings excitement to reach the final achievement. Even more significantly, it brings credibility, trust, and excitement to the others whose eyes have just been opened to the approaching summit. There is nothing quite as exciting as a new sunrise promising an exciting new day!

 

There will be an overwhelming consensus that what seemed so out of reach just yesterday now is within our reach. All of the “I wish”, “I think”, and the “maybe” is swallowed up by the “Wow! We did it”. An analogy is the Dave Ramsey victory cry of each achiever screaming “I am debt free”!

 

The question that begins the journey is: “are you here or are you there”?

 

Joyfully in journey,

Dean Hammond