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A Saturday Outing

Rachel seems to really like being in the van

What a wonderful Saturday…warm, sunny, and nothing pressing to be done.  And Rachel got a chance to go off with her Grandma and Grandpa…she seemed to enjoy the travel and the various stops along the way.  But what she really enjoyed was eating her Grandpa’s french fries!

Climbing the spools
This girl just never seems to sit still

Why look she’s sitting still but just for a moment

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The Singing Saw and the rainbow song

The rainbow spans the 401

 Years ago, and I mean many years ago before either of my sisters were born…when life was ALL about me…my Dad and Mom were in charge of youth work in northern Ontario.  We would sometimes travel together – just the tree of us in a little car and we would sing – three part harmony all the way!  It was by my recollection a good time in my life!  (Did I mention this was before my two sisters came along and broke my toys, took the attention off of me and generally caused me years of therapy? – Okay I’m just kidding.)

Looking back

One of the things I enjoyed was some of the creative ways my Dad would tell a story and entertain the kids who would be listening.  There was the story of the man who built a house using two large trees, a food room and a furnace room – and there were the magic tricks (the secrets of which I wasn’t to tell anyone) – and who could forget the singing saw!  Yes the singing saw!  A violin bow and a saw – that was it.  He learned to play a few songs on it and one was what most of you would know was the theme from an old television show “The Friendly Giant”.  However my Dad had different words.

“When you see a rainbow you know that God is love,
When you see a rainbow you know that God is love,
Yes, God is love. Yes, God is love.
When you see a rainbow you know that God is love.”

That’s about 48 years ago but I can still hear my Dad singing and the saw humming!  In fact I never see a rainbow that I don’t remember that song!  Which was of course the whole point.  I hope some of those kids remember too.

Tonight as we drove back from Ottawa we drove under a rainbow.  Good timing for us as we thought about Wendy’s Mom and her health condition.  A good reminder perhaps for us all.

God promised never to flood the earth again – no matter how bad things get.  God is true to His promises!

Fault finding and effective leadership

Whether it is in a car or in the office or for that fact in our homes – we tend to see problems and associate blame with others.  Even the disciples of Jesus 2000 years ago viewed problems as someone’s fault…”Rabbi, whose sin caused this man to be blind?” was their question.

I wonder how often we tend to look at our own behaviour, at our own place in relation to the issue at hand.  It isn’t easy and it isn’t always possible.  Sometimes our own blind spots get in the way – we need feedback from another party.
If you’re married you know our spouses are often the ones to help us, and point out that we too exhibit some of the very behaviours we find we dislike in others.
Feed back is critical to our growth and success – especially if we lead or work in a team.  Of course many of the leadership books will tell you that depending our your role, if you’re a leader, it is hard to get honest feedback.  The first step in getting good feedback is in inviting it – and having received it not defending or appear to defend your actions or words.  Listen – look for the golden nugget of truth and build trust with your team mates.
Without honest feedback you’ll never know when you have been an effective leader.