“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in numbers; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule.” Genesis 1:26-28.
Hebrew scholar Robert Alter says the idea of rule translates “a fierce exercise of mastery.” Thank you, Robert. I love this definition for ruling. If this is our original design, to rule, why are there so few examples of individuals, teams, and leaders who are fierce masters of their craft, their company, or their community? Why? I believe it comes down, oftentimes, to a case of mistaken identity. We have forgotten whose we are. We have fallen for power and sought position and prominence so we can dominate, so we can dictate, and so we can come out on top. The best among us have become fiercely competitive even in our closest relationships. We have not begun our fierce exercise of mastery on ourselves. We have assumed we’re good or at least not as bad as our brother, sister, partner, spouse, or teammate. So we get busy powering over them. Ruling them. Controlling them. Manipulating them. Undermining them. Competing with ’em. Using all our faculties to rule our kingdom; however large or small it’s domain. By God, we are going to dominate. We have forgotten whose we are. What do you think? Slow down, friend. Think.
Many humans, it appears, have forgotten to fiercely focus attention on mastery, on mastering our greatest leadership challenge; ourselves. We are focusing attention out the window instead of in the mirror. We see others and their need for our rule; our own, not so much. We wonder why our ruling is met with such opposition and drive ourselves nuts trying to fix other peoples bullshit while remaining ignorant of our own. Rule begins within. Fiercely exercise mastery within, first. Rule your own, internally divided kingdom. You and I are a house divided, right? Ask for help humbly. Over time and through the successfully handling of adversity you may evolve into one of the few who can virtuously rule out there.
What, friend, do you believe? Whose are you? Do you suffer from a case of mistaken identity? Have you taken the time to look within and build your core? Are you closing down your integrity gaps and fiercely mastering you? Are you fixated on ruling others? Slow down and reflect. Slow down. God, help me rule within and tame the tryrant know as me. God, help me.
Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…