Roll the rock.

Laurie Laurie
Posted on in Identity, Leadership

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?

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