Alex returned home Sunday night from playing in the New Year’s Invitational at St. Petersburg Country Club in Florida. Jeffrey caddied for him. Last night, the player’s dad/biggest fan/mentor was still working through what he saw.
Of his putting: He can roll the rock (Alex is currently #1 in fewest “putts per round” in the Big 12.) He had only 26 putts yesterday. At one point he had a 45-foot downhill, down-grain birdie putt that had no chance of stopping by the hole. It slid 25 feet past. He was unshaken. He engaged his practiced routine and calmly holed that 25-footer for par. To my questions: He has a pure gift. His gift gives him confidence. His confidence enlarges his gift. Of his long game: It’s both brilliant and awful. His game is unbelievably creative. He sees shots most people can’t see. His game is unreliable from tee to green. To my questions: He routinely misses fairways, ends up in the rough and in trouble. He’s got to learn to be repeatable.
While Alex and Jeffrey were in the rough with alligators, Jordan and I were engaged with a sermon on servant leadership. I scribbled this question on my bulletin: how well are you communicating the values that are shaping the replicable life?
I am a servant leader. I am earnestly and authentically interested in nurturing the God-given potential in young leaders. In the moments I am a diligent Christ follower, I am brilliant (“light-filled,” communicating a clear path for others to follow). When I neglect to practice abiding, the path goes awfully dark. I have done little to promote repeatability or desire in anyone to replicate my values. I am not reliable. I lead you out of the fairway and into the trees.
Are you a servant leader?
Are you practicing repeatability?
Is your life worthy of being replicated?