One afternoon a man named John walked into a bank to finalize a business transaction. The teller told him that the officer he needed to see wasn’t in _ that he would have to come back the next day. John said OK and asked the teller to validate his parking ticket. The teller informed him that, according to bank policy, she couldn’t validate his parking ticket because he had not completed a financial transaction. John asked for an exception since he had come to the bank intending to do business but he couldn’t because the appropriate officer wasn’t in. The teller didn’t budge. She said, “I’m sorry; that’s our policy. Rules are rules.” So, John decided to make a business transaction: he closed his account. John’s last name was Akers and John Akers was the chairman of IBM. Now the account he closed had 1.5 million dollars in it. Since that qualified as a financial transaction the teller was required to validate the parking ticket.
I know this story has made the rounds and I don’t know if it’s true or another email legend, but it teaches us some things we need to learn:
- Training is learning the rules.
- Experience is learning the exceptions.
- Leadership is knowing which to apply when.
As Solomon said, “Every prudent man acts out of knowledge.” (Proverbs 13:16) I hope we will become so grounded in God’s word that we will see clearly in every situation we face in life how to accurately apply truth in wisdom and righteousness. The question is: How can we do that?
Max Lucado’s book Just Like Jesus begins with this question: “What if for 24 hours Jesus wakes up in your bed__ walks in your shoes _ lives in your house _ assumes your schedule? _What if for one day Jesus lives your life with his heart?”
Have you ever thought about that? Let’s do that for a minute. As your day begins how would it be different? If Jesus was living his life inside us would our daily routine include more prayer time _ more Scripture time? Would we be more patient with people _ would we be kinder _ more considerate?
If Jesus was in your shoes how would he speak to your family? Would he be on time for work? How would he perform your job? What would his attitude be when wronged? How would he spend your money? Imagine what it would be like to live one full day to complete perfection: No mistakes _ no blunders _ no regrets.
I realize that we will never, at least this side of heaven, be completely perfect, but we will certainly get closer to perfection as we follow Jesus’ example _ as the Holy Spirit works in our lives.