Give the gift of inspiration…it keeps on giving! – Mac Anderson
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. (Psalm 19:7)
What gifts of inspiration will you give this Christmas?
This morning while staying at my brother’s house in Maryland, I checked my email and discovered a message from Mac Anderson, the founder of Simple Truths. Don’t you love that name – “Simple truths?” If you’re like me, you desire simplicity, but great impact. God is a god of multiplication. Simplify to multiply.
Here is what Mac’s email said:
Dear Randy, In my book, You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School, I’ve written 28 short chapters to share a few “lessons learned” in my 30 years as an entrepreneur. My goal in the book was to present each lesson in a brief, but engaging way. Because so many times it’s not what is said, but how it is said that turns the switch from off to on. With that said, please enjoy the chapter titled: Even Eagles Need a Push.
Excerpt from You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School
The eagle gently coaxed her offspring toward the edge of the nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to her persistent nudging. “Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?” she thought. This ageless question still remained unanswered for her.
As in the tradition of the species, her nest was located high upon the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each child. “Is it possible that this time it will not work?” she thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was all but complete. There remained one final task – the push.
The eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her children discovered their wings, there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege of having been born an eagle. The push was the greatest gift she had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so, one by one, she pushed them and they flew.
My friend, David McNally, wrote these words in his book, Even Eagles Need A Push. It’s human nature to take the path of least resistance. Although most people truly want to reach their full potential, they don’t always have the initiative and the discipline to get started on their own. One of your greatest responsibilities as a leader is to enable your people to be all they can be. Many times “the push”, with a little encouragement, is all they need. Always look for opportunities to challenge your best people because many of them are like sticks of dynamite; the power’s on the inside, but nothing happens until the fuse gets lit.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Mac Anderson and Simple Truths. Bless that outreach LORD. Teach me simple truths to have a much greater impact for Your Kingdom. Thank You Jesus. I love You so much. Amen.
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You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School – holiday special for only $10.00 per copy, including a free DVD movie
Blessings to give gifts of inspiration this Christmas!
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