"The Bible does not say you are God's appliance; it says you are His masterpiece. Appliances get mass produced. Masterpieces get handcrafted." John Ortberg. Today we're going to talk about being God's masterpiece. Specifically how our work is masterpiece work because we are God's masterpiece.
In The Deeper Journey, Robert Mulholland says, "Union with God results in our being a person through whom God's presence touches the world with forgiving cleansing, healing, liberating and transforming grace." That is the privilege we have in our masterpiece work. Whether we are the CEO, the accountant, the mechanic, the pastor or the teacher - or any other job title, for that matter - in our masterpiece work, we have the privilege of connecting the world to God's presence by being who He created us, living out our true identity.
We need to understand this, to internalize this truth. It allows us to find our masterpiece work, the place where our life has deep meaning. Instead of being a cog in the wheel, we're stepping into our unique role as a child of the King, doing work He created specifically for each of us in the beginning.
Masterpiece work is the work God created for each of us long ago. We come to understand it as we are transformed, as we are created anew by growing deeper in our faith. When we grow deeper in our faith, moving from a transactional faith to a transformational faith, we see the world differently, including our role in the world of work. Our marketplace perspective shifts.
It stems from Ephesians 2:10.
We are God's masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus for the work he created for us long ago.
Genius work is work that you are best at. Its work that gives you satisfaction, uses your strengths, and provides good outcomes. It comes from inside you.
Masterpiece work is what you were created for. There was a creator who knit you together with specific skills, strengths and gifts. The way you are wired is not a fluke, but an intentional design by the God who loves you individually.
The difference between genius work and masterpiece work is the recognition of God’s role in creating you for this work.
Masterpiece work looks different for every person
The Deeper Journey, by Robert Mulholland Jr.
Leadership is a crucible of self-awareness. As a leader, you’re out front, visible; that’s a key part of being a leader. If others can’t see you, they can’t possibly follow you. That visibility can be a benefit and a curse. Your leadership is developed in the crucible of the life of your group, your team, your organization, your family. That is an opportunity for succeeding and also an opportunity to fail. Leading when at your best gives others a way forward, a vision for what can be and a way to get there.
There is another side to leadership, though. As a Bold & Courageous Leader you need to be aware of this side of leadership; the side that can trip you up and cause you to fail in your leadership. This side of leadership is often referred to as the shadow side of leadership. Without awareness of this side, you will most certainly trip and fail in your leadership. I’ve done it. I’m sure you have, too.
The Shadow Side of Leadership defined
Shadow side of leadership is any strength or behavioral style used to excess, going into overdrive. This overused strength becomes negative and creates toxic environments and relationships. It leads to resistance and a failure of leadership, rather than success.
Self-knowledge (knowing who you are)
Self-mindfulness (understanding your motives for doing what you do)
Self-vigilance (knowing what makes you tick and what ticks you off)
Self-consciousness (knowing how you come across to others)
Self-alertness (maintaining your emotional, physical, and spiritual condition)
The discipline of self-awareness then is the leader's intentional quest for self-understanding. The hazards of not engaging in this discipline can be disastrous for a leader! Hidden addictions or compulsions may lead to behaviors that create huge problems. McNeal points out the risk of being blindsided by destructive impulses and confused by emotions that threaten to derail the leader's agenda and effectiveness, as well as the risk of over- or under-estimating their abilities, leading to unpredictable responses. He makes the excellent point that for followers, credibility rides or falls on consistency—something leaders who are short on self-awareness usually do not have!
McNeal states that "leaders lacking self-awareness are besieged from within," making them their own worst enemy!
StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath
Practicing Greatness, by Reggie McNeal
The concept of “margin” has been around for a long time. Margin is the white space in life that allows us to rest so we can work effectively.
Margin is critical for productivity.
Margin provides us with:
This is why we need margin in our lives. We are not machines! We are human beings and we cannot keep a pace of perpetual motion if we expect to make our best contribution to our work, our family, our community.
Margin is critical to doing our best work.
Margin only happens when we make it happen. Michael Hyatt says, "Margin doesn't just happen, you have to fight for it." And that is so true.
Our culture does not support margin, despite all the books out there that address it!
Daily—power naps, a real lunch hour, limit the amount of time you spend working,
Weekly—Sabbath/day of rest, turn off electronics
Annually—vacation, extended time away from work/productivity (not time to get work done at home)