We have lots of problems, none more debilatating than our lost identity. Few humans know who they are. For those of you who have been offended by my references to God, here comes another one. My aim is not to impose my belief on you. My aim is to be transparent and trigger your thinking.
“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.” I love this definition of 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? I believe it comes down, oftentimes, to a case of mistaken identity. We have forgotten whose we are. We have fallen for power. position and prominence. The best among us have become fiercely competitive even in our closest relationships. We’re good, or so we tell ourselves, so we get busy powering over people. Ruling them. Controlling them. Manipulating them. 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.
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 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. Rule your own internally divided kingdom, first. You and I are a house divided, right?
What, friend, do you believe? Whose are you? Have you taken the time to look within and build your core? Are you closing your integrity gaps and fiercely mastering you? Are you fixated on ruling others? God, help me tame the tryrant know as me. God, help me…