Who You Know

 

US President SealI look forward to meeting new people. I usually will give people the “benefit of the doubt” when I first meet them and get to know them. If after I’ve spent some time with them and I learn that their values are much different than mine, I move them into a different spot. Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to visit with US Senators and Congressmen on with the REALTORS on behalf of the private property rights of people I serve in Real Estate. I have also had the privilege to connect with our state officials from the Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House and our State Senators and State Representatives. I’ve learned to not be impressed with the position they hold but to carefully look at their voting record, their work ethic and how engaging they are personally. Some of our elected officials are genuinely doing their best to make our country and our state a better place for our children and our children’s children. On the flip side of that, some people simply love power and it corrupts them. They learn quickly how to abuse power. I’m disgusted with those individuals. They have forgotten the people who they answer to and they’ve often sold their soul to the evil one.

David pens a Psalm that is beautiful in describing just what the Lord means to him and certainly to me. It is refreshing to know that David, even though he was Israel’s greatest king, he was so humble before God. He didn’t forget where he came from and Who put into leadership. Check this out…

Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion;
    to you our vows will be fulfilled.
You who answer prayer,
    to you all people will come.
When we were overwhelmed by sins,
    you forgave our transgressions.
Blessed are those you choose
    and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house,
    of your holy temple.

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
    where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    you call forth songs of joy. (Psalm 65:1-4,8 NIV)

I don’t ever want to get so full of myself that I forget where I came from. I believe that PRIDE can destroy good people. I believe that HUMILITY is a characteristic that can build the best leaders. I do pray for the men and women who are in leadership of our country, our state and local government. I am not the least bit intimidated by any one of them, because they answer to God, just like everyone else. They also get dressed just like everyone else and they get colds, stomach aches, and their bodies function like everyone else. They are currently in a position of leadership and they are well known by a lot of people – but at the end of the day, they are human and they come under the authority of God.  I do like knowing people in leadership and power, but I’m not going to be over impressed with them because the Lord is the ULTIMATE LEADER of every living being. I want to know Him first and formost.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Who You Know

ResumeI grew up in a small community in Kentucky. I went to school nearby for elementary school (Grades 1-8). I learned a lot about relationships during my school years. My four years of high school were in the “county seat” which was also a small town. I didn’t grow up knowing that many people but my parents knew a lot of people. I was often known as the son of my parents, because they knew so many people.

Now that I’m older, my kids often say things to me like: “you know just about everyone around here”. I do know a lot of people because I actually like people. I’m a REALTOR and that is definitely a “people business” as well as a service industry in my view.

There can be great benefits to knowing people and having a relationship with them. For example, if I already know someone (in a good way) who’s applying for a job in our Real Estate firm, that person has a significantly better chance than other applicants.

Who you know is sometimes incredibly helpful to being treated with respect and honor by those who are in leadership over you. Check this out…

1 Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, ‘Go away with your family and stay for a while wherever you can, because the Lord has decreed a famine in the land that will last seven years.’ 2 The woman proceeded to do as the man of God said. She and her family went away and stayed in the land of the Philistines for seven years.

3 At the end of the seven years she came back from the land of the Philistines and went to appeal to the king for her house and land. 4 The king was talking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, and had said, ‘Tell me about all the great things Elisha has done.’ 5 Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to appeal to the king for her house and land.

Gehazi said, ‘This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.’ 6 The king asked the woman about it, and she told him.

Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, ‘Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now.’ (2 Kings 8:1-6 NIV)

I believe it’s a good practice to treat everyone with respect and honor. They are important and have value. I’ve learned that you never know when you’re serving the needs of someone who is a relative or friend of someone you may know.

I love this little story because it showed the depth of the friendship this lady and her family had with Elisha. She trusted him; when he said to leave – she left. When she returned and her relationship with Elisha became known to the king – she was completely restored with her land and any income her land may have produced.

I believe relationships I have here on earth are the highest and best investment of my time on a daily basis. The Lord shows multiple examples of that as I journey through His Word.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Who You Know

Odessa, Ukraine - June 4, 2011: Minister of Foreign Affairs of tI’m not sure if this is a worldwide precedent or not. There is a network in probably every town that if you know the right person or persons, you can really get connected to the top leader very quickly. Unfortunately the reverse of that is true as well. If you don’t know anyone, it can seem to take forever to get to the top guy in order to get some things done.

There is also a referral system that says, “that’s old so and so’s boy – they are good people so he must be a good kid”. I can become known by being my Mom & Dad’s son. If someone knows them well, he can easily come to the conclusion that I must be a good man, if I’m Loyde & Deloris’ son.

I can also become known as a good person simply because of the people I work with. If people love the people I work with, they may simply believe that they will love me too.

King David had a good heart and it became obvious as his life unfolded. The Lord had really built some stuff deep inside his heart while he had been shepherding the flock for his Dad all those years ago. David asked if there was someone living in Saul’s house that he could honor because of his relationship with Jonathan, the son of Saul. He found Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son who was crippled in both feet. Check this out…

6 When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honour.

David said, ‘Mephibosheth!’

‘At your service,’ he replied.

7 ‘Don’t be afraid,’ David said to him, ‘for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.’

8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, ‘What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?’ (2 Samuel 9:6-8 NIV)

Mephibosheth didn’t do anything to deserve being treated like one of the king’s sons. His life was turned around simply because he was Jonathan’s son and David and Jonathan had had a rich and deep friendship.

I want to be known for being a friend of God.

I want to be known for being saved by God.

I want to be known for my journey with God.

If I’m known as a child of the King, then all my relationships are connected somehow back to Him. There is a network in God’s Kingdom that is eternal and goes very deep here on earth. I have been “burned” by someone who claimed to be part of God’s Kingdom. I’m learning to trust the Lord to direct me to who I can trust. He knows everybody so He can connect me to the right people to accomplish the work He’s calling me too. If I know the Lord and He knows everyone else, then I’m “hooked up” to the Network of all Networks!

Pressing On!

Dwayne