I’m becoming more and more aware that when a decision needs to be made, hardly anyone pushes for more, to this extent: “Mark, in your thought and heart, what seems to be best in this for you?”
Some friends do…they are my “go-to” covenants. Those who care more for how they’d handle my situation…well, friendship has its limits. That means lots of limited friendships. Sorry, but that’s the truth.
To this, I give thanks to my Saturday morning covenant guy: Art Johnson, VP at McCoy Materials. He gives a voice mail report to all their stores—more than a handful of stores. It’s a 3-part report—gosh, just like we were told in seminary about a sermon’s sectioning. 3-part. Never a quartet. Not sure why. Maybe it’s something about brevity and recollection?
This morning Art’s Voice, the affirmation—celebrating working anniversaries and retirements of employees, with particular comments on the value of the employee. Then the market report for Friday. Confession: I am close to clueless what the numbers mean…they are what they are. Sure. It’s about profit and margin. But, then he switches…from profit to prophet. [Hey, it just came out!]
Then the voice of Art, the deeper, so valued and trusted voice. I took notes about how he began with McCoy as a management trainee, in early 1980, in Abilene, Texas. He then said, much better than I,
“Early I didn’t see people. All I saw was my reflection in them…me, me, me.
Now, it’s different. Now. I can make you bigger than me—good thing—being less so others can be more.”
Boys and girls, give me a loud AMEN!