Four magic words…

September 27, 2018

There are four words that when put into practice would transform politics, business, churches, family life, and civic organizations. They determine the success or

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Kingi\hts of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Kingi\hts of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

failure of much of our social activities. They are, “How can I help?”

It seems that for the Church along with most organizations, the 20-80 rule applies. This rule simply states that 20% of the members do all of the work, 80% do very little and all members receive the rewards for the hard work of the 20%. I see the 20-80 rule in families, Church, civic organizations, government and in the workplace.

I thank all of you for the hard work you do. You will probably never get all of the recognition you deserve. That’s ok because most of us don’t want the limelight with all of its responsibility. As for myself, I don’t have the skill set or the desire to be a leader. I’d rather be a sheep than a shepherd. Others are called to be shepherds, not me. I am a sheep, like most of you, reading this column.

But, being a sheep doesn’t let us off of the hook. While there is good leadership, there is also good followership. No organization can successfully function without the dedicated, consistent, hard work of the rank and file sheep. The vibrant organization needs the complementarity of shepherds and sheep. We need them both.

While none of us can do everything, we all can do something. Jesus showed us the way when he knelt to wash the feet of the Apostles. Little acts of service, while taking the burden off of others, speak volumes and make the world a better place for all of us. As the Christophers say, “If everyone lit just one little candle what a bright world this would be!” If each parishioner did one little thing in service to the Church, what a vibrant parish we would have. “How can I help?”

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