This we are engaging with Janet Hagberg’s book Real Power. Hagberg’s model might interest you as a way to interpret the world; it might offer a tool to interpret your own development or your interactions with others. Listen to the Spirit as she loves you even as you are today. For context/introduction see the entry for June 10.
Today’s Bible Reading
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
More Thoughts for Meditation
Stage Two: Power by Association
“Do you remember Star Wars? When the young Luke Skywalker was learning to be a Jedi knight he was an apprentice to the wise Yoda. Luke tried to model his behavior after that of his mentor… His apprenticeship is a good example of what it feels like to be at Stage Two. …
“Stage Two people do not have much external or internal power yet, but they can feel the power moving through their office or through their hands. They are apprentices to power … They just can’t grasp the power yet. It is elusive, like magic. So power manifests itself at Stage Two as magic, not quite real or yet available.
“I revisit Stage Two more often than any other stage. In fact, it is my favorite stage. That’s because I love to learn. And I like change. And I get bored easily. Every several years I take a new direction in my work or I write on a new topic. I experience this stage once again each time I embark on something new I feel new and insecure. I am eager and afraid. I feel awkward and full of anticipation. And I learn by my experiences and my questions….The only danger for me in Stage Two is that it becomes too comfortable. And I can get stuck here because I like the learner role and have gotten tired of taking risks. Taking risks and responsibility move me to Stage Three.
“Not everyone wants to move to another stage nor should they. I have known people over the years who are satisfied and happy in their lives and work who really have decided that the amount of responsibility they have at their stage is about what they can handle and still maintain the balance in their lives. We all make choices and live with them. The major factor to address in thinking about moving or staying in our present stage is whether or not we can accept ourselves or be satisfied at our stage.
“Moving to Stage Three requires you to learn self-confidence and how to take risks on both the personal and work side. In addition, moving to Stage Three will mean taking on more responsibility for yourself and making a bid for recognition in the organization.
Real Power, Janet Hagberg, pp25-43
Suggestions for Action
Who are you mentoring? What mentoring or apprenticing relationships are you in? At Circle of Hope we commonly ask people to be in apprentice-leader relationships.
Listen to the Spirit briefly. Is God asking you for?
Apprentice yourself to God by allowing God’s care and concern to follow you.
Can you try this breath prayer across the day? – “Lord make me …. Your servant.”