Monday morning notes

We’ve found in all our research studies that the signature of mediocrity is not an unwillingness to change, the signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.

Jim Collins was talking about successful companies in Great by Choice, but on this Monday morning I’m guessing that he could be talking about a lot of us. We had great conversations over the weekend and we decided that we need to make changes in our lives. We looked in the mirror or in our bank account or in our Bible and decided that it’s time to fix some things.

And now it’s Monday and we think, “Ah, maybe, maybe not.”

“You suggested I read 2 Corinthians out loud. I’m not sure it helped my cats, but it makes more sense to me.”

That’s what a friend told me the other day. I had also told my friend to look at 2 Corinthians as a collection of post-it notes that Paul has used to write comments to his friends in Corinth. He picked them up and read them to the person who was taking dictation. It helps explain some of the choppiness of the letter.

The man in mirror needed to be challenged to do more!  He needed to be challenged to make a difference by finding ways to give back to other people.  In late March, I decided it was time to do more. I decided that I would embark on a service adventure that would have me volunteering my time to different organizations over a 52 week period.

That’s what Aaron Brown wrote in May 2011. Since then, once a week, some part of the family that includes Aaron, his wife Erika, and their two daughters has volunteered in a Northeast Indiana nonprofit. While some people say, “I’m looking some place to help”, this family has found 66.