Yesterday at the Alpha program at HTB, I was introduced to a lady named Debbie. It is such a small world. Debbie was born in Scotland but grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Yes, you guessed it, she also went to Taft High School (I went to Taft for two years). What are the chances of going to the Alpha course in London, United Kingdom that I would meet somebody from my high school. I would say random.
We chatted for a while and found some other things that we had in common. She asked me what I did and I told her I was in the promotional products business. She said she had started a T-shirt company some years ago and mentioned that this is another thing we have in common, selling T-shirts. She also told me a story that resonated with me.
She was driving home one day when she first started her t-shirt company. She was thinking about her business cards. The printer had just called and asked the question, what title did she want on her business card? Thinking for a moment, she asked God, “what title should I put on my business card?” She said “what about CEO?” The answer came back quickly, no, that’s my position. Okay, that seems to make sense, yes you are the CEO. “What about Vice President?” The response was similar, no, I have that covered also. Hmmm, let me think, I know, “what about creative director?” Once this thought left her head she realized that of course God “created the heavens and earth”, creative director is not going to work. Okay God, “what do I put on my business cards?” The answer came back crystal clear in one word:
Serve. (she heard from God.)
Serve? What?( Serve, serve me. This is what she heard.)
She took this in for a few moments and realized she couldn’t possibly put this on her business card. People would think she was crazy. But God was right, she needed to serve him. Serve him in whatever she was doing in her life, whether it was t-shirts in her promo business or dealing with friends or family.
Just serve him. Serve him in cycling around Europe. Serve him in selling promotional products. Serve him in walking down the street. Serve him leading a small group. Serve him while traveling on the London tube. Serve him, period. Ltd
What is your Why?
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Simon Sinek