day 2648: Death Of A Brand
“Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit.”
And so goes the brands of Campbell’s Soup, Oscar Meyer, Clairol, Kraft, Jell-O and CoverGirl. What were once the major and most recognized and known brands in the world are now being squeezed out and pushed aside by the newer, hipper, more niche and boutique brands. A good and timely reminder that once was, does not mean will always be. I have a friend who has one of the RCA dog statues in his house in the entry foyer. It’s very cool and it always invokes to me a good feeling. Last time I saw him I asked him if he still had it. He does but he said he spends more time now explaining to people that it isn’t a replica of a dog he once owned. Brands come. Brands go.
The verse from Colossians written above is also a reminder of our brand for God. My Pastor, Terry, has been good over the years or reminding me that my actions I take, words I write and speak, the work I do, the time I spend, the places I invest are only important in the Lord’s eyes if they yield good fruit for Him. He is so right. We are not to judge others on the fruit they bear, but we know about ourselves that a bad tree cannot yield good fruit, so we must work on ourselves, on our own internal brand if you will (who we truly are), to be sure that we are yielding good fruit for the Lord now and into the future.
Reference: Colossians 1:10 (New Living Translation)
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day 2647: TikTok
“He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants— God’s own people, Israel.”
You may not be paying attention to the app TikTok. It’s a place for people making short videos to tell stories. It’s not all that new and it’s wildly popular. It’s a place that “influencers” are rising from and soon some will break through and we all will know of them. The naysayers don’t believe that. They think that movies and TV still remains the place where our “influencers” are formed and found. Instagram and YouTube are already producing “influencers” who are finding the mainstream, so TikTok is not far behind. Brand marketers know that those on TikTok are their next generation market, so we should be thinking about the TikTok scene for our next generation customers and consumers and the next tech tool to spread our messages.
The Bible is chocked full of “influencers” who came from seemingly nowhere to be influential faith leaders and examples that we still follow today. That is the thing about how God works. He takes the “nobody” and if they are faithful and obedient, He allows them to become huge influences for His Kingdom. If we are wondering what we can do to be an “influencer” for Christ and think that God can’t do anything with us in a big way, then just look at what He did with a little boy, the weakest and smallest of a family and the most unlikely to be chosen for much of anything other than to tend the sheep. David. Little David, who grew to be King David, the voice and life we learn from even today. God has His hand on us and if we desire to be an “influencer” for Him, He will show us the way. There are more ways today than ever to influence and He knows how we can be utilized the best. He’s just waiting for us to ask and then do.
Reference: Psalm 78:71 (New Living Translation)
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day 2646: DARQ
“Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!”
DARQ. It’s a new term that is being introduced to capture the four emerging technologies that will become more and more evident and usitlized overtime. DARQ stands for: distributed ledger technology, artificial intelligence, extended reality and quantum computing. They are all pretty “far out there” but things like distributed ledger technology (DLT) is catching on fast. Blockchain is a DLT and we can see how that is moving fast. It might be years before we see these things as common place in our businesses, but we should be asking ourselves, who will it be that we have on the team who is exploring how to apply these technologies in new ways others haven’t thought of before? I read today in the Trusteeship magazine for Higher Education that a small college that was struggling with their fundraising capabilities because they can only afford so many advancement and development people took a member of their staff and had them go off and explore how to utilize AI to fill in the people gaps that they had. The result? Their fundraising numbers have increased significantly and their productivity has improved significantly as well. But, to get there, they had to have someone on their team who was willing to explore and everyone had to be willing to accept and try what was way out of the box. That is what it is going to take to be ahead of the DARQ curve.
God has so much that He wants to unlock for us about Him, His love and His will and desires for us. But, like the technologies that we talk about above, they have to be sought after and then be open-minded and curious to apply them to ways of doing things that we had never thought of before. So it is in our life and work. What if today we said, “Hey Lord, I am your hardware technology that you have created and you are the Master software developer who programmed me and all that is about me. Please run your latest update on me today so I can explore and see all the new ways you want me to operate for you!”
Reference: Romans 11:33 (New Living Translation)
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day 2645: Blaming Cultures
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
When someone makes a mistake in our organization how do we respond? Is it a learning opportunity and one that the person who made the mistake walks away from whole and still with strong self-esteem and confidence? Or, do we make an example of a mistake and “rub it in”? Sadly, whether we know it or not, organizations that are without leaders who fight hard against the latter, a blaming culture will emerge. “No, it won’t”, you say because the belief is that our values, principles and people we hire are not those who will point the finger at someone else. That would be so good, if only true. We are creatures of the organizations we are in and our organizations are hierarchies that one gets ahead by promotion and advancement. So, there is competition and competition creates winners and losers. Blaming those who have made mistakes is an easy way to mark those who are winning and those who are losing. Yes, we must fight against the culture that regresses back to blaming.
How hard was it for Jesus to hang on the cross in excruciating pain at the precipice of the end of His human life and pray to the Father that He would forgive those who had done this to Him? If there is a moment that should remind us that Jesus was truly God, it is that moment. There are examples of humans who will die as martyrs for a cause, but to die to forgive, that’s only a God thing. There is no blaming in the Kingdom of God and if it is not there, then it can’t be here with us. Can we be the crusaders of forgiveness and the antidote to blaming?
Reference: Luke 23:34 (New Living Translation)
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day 2644: Service Day
“There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.”
There are certain days throughout the year that we recognize the service of others. We even have days that mark different kinds of services that we can do on that day. Companies have instituted service days and allot service hours. We like to celebrate service and we all are used to tipping for good service. But, how often do we just think about making the serving of others part of our every day life. How much better would our organizations be if we could regularly observe that our employees were serving each other and that the attitude of service was expected and ordinary throughout how we work? That would be a different kind of company. That would be a company any of us would want to work for!
Paul tells the Corinthians that there are many ways to serve and that we each have our own ways of serving, but that we are to be reminded that we do so in the service of our Lord. In our work we are not going to always have the opportunity to tell others why we have a heart for service, but in our own hearts as we serve someone at our job, we can know why we re doing so and ask God to bless that extra effort. God has a great way of making sure that others recognize a unique, loving and serving spirit and each time we serve someone else, in His name and glory, we are making a difference for Him. So, let’s finish strong this week by making today our own Service Day for Him.
Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:5 (New Living Translation)
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