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

Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.

1 Samuel 18:5

When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”

Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

Luke 19:45-48

More Thoughts for Meditation

Stage Three – Power by Achievement

“Stage Three is the dynamo stage, the success stage. It is exciting, challenging, rewarding, competitive, and oriented to self-development. People at Stage Three are in the thick of things. They know how the organization works and they help make it work better. The threes are in charge. They have the feeling that “this is it!”…

“All Stage Three people have one thing in common. They like to achieve. Their forms of achievement vary. Some like to be experts or show their knowledge. Others like to set and achieve concrete goals. Others achieve through their products. We arrive at Stage Three by varying routes: degrees, competence, experience, self-confidence, being in the right place, having a sponsor, taking risks, or developing our egos.

“Along with the achievement of Stage Three comes the symbols of success. These vary widely, depending on the arena, but we all yearn for symbols and we all have a need to fulfill our yearning….

“The description of power at Stage Three is control. … Control suggests that one person has more of it than others, that the buck stops somewhere. Control suggests discipline and persistence. Control suggests well-thought-out responses and having strong defense mechanisms. Control suggest regulation and comparison against standards….

“Here are some specific ways to move to Stage Four:

  • Become an observer and detach yourself from ego involvement.
  • Perform a ritual that will help you move out of Stage Three. … One example might be to give away or give up a symbol that has been especially important to you but is not something that you want to cultivate any longer.
  • Start a long-range plan for life change. If you are serious about moving beyond Stage Three and you don’t want to wait for a crisis to happen naturally, commit yourself to a long-term process…
  • Learn from a life crisis. Allow for vulnerability and other feelings that arise.
  • Learn how to be alone with yourself. Go on a long day trip by yourself and see whether you fill it with activities or have some quiet moments to think about larger issues. Learn to sit quietly and listen to your thoughts without having to get anxious.

Real Power, Janet Hagberg, pp53-86

Suggestions for Action

Listening to the Lord may hard – especially if we are in “the dynamo stage” and have filled our schedule. Can you ponder these questions along with the Spirit –

What are your gifts? What kinds of things come easily for you? What are your skills?

Do you see yourself in Stage Three? Are you comfortable here or do you want a change?

Do you see others here? What should you do for them?