day 3K140: Frabjous!
“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.”
I learned a new word last week. Frabjous. It means, wonderful, extraordinary and joyous. It is a great word. And one we could assign to special people. But, could we assign this word to a company? We might find wonderful and extraordinary. But, can we find joyous? It’s not easy to think that a company culture could reach this level? But, of course it can, if we are committed to aspiring and following through. Aspirational and inspirational words can have an impact. It takes some courage to put words like frabjous out there as a target, but who is to say what might happen if we do?
God wants us to be frabjous in our work and our work for Him that brings Him glory. He has given us our talents to be so. However, we don’t just become frabjous. We have to work for others to define us this way. It means doing our best, being our best and bringing an attitude of abundant joy to our work. It’s a VERY high bar. Are we up to it today?
Reference: John 16:24 (New Living Translation)
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day 3K139: Two Or More
“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
You already know that I am a fan of Seth Godin. This past week he shared another of his brilliant marketing insights. He made the point that in the early days Krispy Kreme priced their dozen of doughnuts at the same price other companies might price 4-6 doughnuts. Why? Because, they believed that someone who bought a dozen couldn’t eat them all themselves and would share them with others. It worked. Krispy Kreme became the office and group event choice doughnut and grew and grew. There is a power in sharing. Seth would suggest always sending two of anything to someone so they keep one and give one away. It does seem brilliant doesn’t it? What happens is that we might listen more to the person who says, “That’s a waste of money. They will only throw it away.” Well, maybe or maybe they will become a marketer for us and share.
Maybe God is giving us a hint on the power of sharing when He tells us that when two or more are gathered, He will be there also. When He is there, He wants us to share those experiences with others and for others to experience what God can do when He works through us. So, today would be a great day to gather with another Believer, or more, and invite Him into that time.
Reference: Matthew 18:20 (New Living Translation)
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day 3K138: Dress Codes
“Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Dress Codes? Are they coming back? The fashion industry doesn’t seem to be betting on that happening as they continue to pump out more and more casual/leisure wear. I wanted to buy a new tie for a wedding I am attending. The pickings were slim. Had I wanted a hoodie, no problem. Almost everyone who has ever managed others has at some point had to address, or think about whether or not a person who is working for them is appropriately dressed for their work. In my career, I was asked the question many times (remember, I was there at the time of the first Casual Friday). My rule was a broad one, and it still might hold up today. “If you’d wash your car in it, or go out dancing at a club in it, then it’s not a good idea to wear it to work.”
How are we to dress for God’s work? He doesn’t care about our outer wear. He cares about our inner wear. Paul gives us some good advice on how we are to dress for work today. How does our closets look for this work attire?
Reference: Ephesians 6:14-17 (New Living Translation)
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day 3K137: What’s In A Name?
“God replied to Moses, “I am who i am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.”
After 30 years, my work alma mater EA is dropping the name FIFA from its’ legendary soccer videogame. The name FIFA and EA have become synonymous to multiple generations of gamers, the same as Madden means to American football videogamers. The decision by EA all came down to money and exclusivity. From what I know, the pain will be more for FIFA than EA, but for millions of consumers who have collected copy after copy each year and created a library of FIFA games, they will be the ones who will hurt the most. It will be interesting to see how it pans out. A name is just a name, but some names become household and when they change there is a price to be paid.
God gave Himself a name so that Moses could represent Him. It had to be an odd name for Moses to repeat to others. But, God knew better. He gave Himself a name that no others could copy. “I am” can only be One. When drift and feel like we can’t feel God’s presence, or that we feel like we are out of touch with Him, we can come back to Him with His name on our lips; “I am” and Jesus, the two most powerful names of all.
Reference: Exodus 3:14 (New Living Translation)
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day 3K136: 100 Times Faster
“But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases.”
Imagine being able to make anything 100X faster? It’s a little mind-boggling if you sit with that thought for a moment. Imagine being able to read this, or even respond at that increased rate? It would be life-changing. The promises of AI are bearing out that we will see 100X, if not more, rate increases in data analysis and identification. A product called Forager can now identify compounds in plants that provide human nutrients. With their AI based platform they are doing it 100X faster than any scientific identification system known. There are many valid reasons to be cautious about machine learning and AI, yet there are so many exciting (and somewhat unimaginable) positive breakthroughs to come that we can’t ignore what possibilities are in front of us.
God does not seem to be One who is about speeding up, going faster or hurrying to a conclusion. Yet, He is the creator of all and He knew from the beginning that we as His creations would do all we can to make things go faster. History proves it; trains, cars, planes, spacecraft, technology, etc. We speed things up as part of our nature. The Word in so many places speaks of slowing down, being patient, allowing time to mature, etc. But, there is a place that God wants us to speed up and that is in the sharing and spreading of His love and Good News. If we can take what we know in how to speed things up and apply it to the sharing of Him and what He is doing in our lives, then that is a faster that works!
Reference: Luke 5:15 (New Living Translation)
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