Success/Excellence < Obedience

Yesterday I began a series on wisdom by making the point that one of the most tangible steps you can take toward becoming wise is seeking out a mentor. One of the blessings of having a wise mentor is that when you talk with them, they not only give good advice, but they can also give you a framework for understanding and interpreting life. In other words, they might say something one time that will apply countless times for the rest of your life. When you have a mentor like that, it’s invaluable.

About a year ago I was sharing some frustrations with Chris Buxton, my former campus minister, boss, and current friend, who happens to be one of the wisest guys I know. I was talking to him about my dreams and the frustrations that come with not seeing those dreams realized as quickly as I’d like. I was talking to him about my desire to be successful and to do things with excellence as he listened. Sensing I might have lost sight of what really matters he said, “Success and excellence are secondary to obedience.” As soon as he said it, I wrote it down on a post-it note and I’ve gone back to it several times since. Chris gave me an incredible gift of wisdom that night on the phone.

I don’t know how I would be equipped to handle so many situations I encounter as a leader without the mentors I’ve had. That’s why I’m so convinced that wisdom “exceeds all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her” (Pr. 3:14).

Do you have a valuable insight you’ve learned from a mentor?

  4 comments for “Success/Excellence < Obedience

  1. September 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

    “Success and excellence are secondary to obedience.” Great quote, and useful reminder.

    • September 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      When is your blog going to launch?! I’m excited to see it!

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