“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
At mass today, our choir needed a Cantor for the Psalm. I hadn’t yet read the reading, I had never heard the Psalm, I obviously hadn’t practiced it, and to be honest, I wasn’t really in the mood to be that helpful.
But I volunteered to sing it anyway – I would wing it in front of a congregation of about 500 people.
Why would I do such a thing?
Some would argue I like the attention, I love to hear myself sing, I love the drama of flying solo up at that lectern. And perhaps they are right…on any other Sunday.
Today was different. Today, I looked down at the first line, “Be with me, Lord, for I am in trouble”, and I knew I was supposed to sing it. You see, I’ve been praying those words for months.
Some, like me, get stuck…it’s like we’ve driven off into a huge ditch of wet snow, high centered our car and no matter how much we dig, we just can’t get out of it.
We need a tow truck for these times and hopefully, we’ve got someone to pull us out.
The Psalm today was my call…and now I wait.
In the meantime, the song got me thinking about the workplace.
I wonder if I have colleagues who are facing the same struggles? Not necessarily on a spiritual or personal level but perhaps on an organizational or professional level.
Have they questioned their alignment to the organization’s goals?
Have they lost faith in their leadership?
Have they become bitter because of decisions that have been made?
Have they strayed so far that the relationship is in jeopardy?
If so, what can I do about it?
As a leader, I think I need to look around and start paying attention.
As a leader, I need to make myself available to those who may be stuck.
As a leader, I need to make sure everyone knows I want…and will try my hardest…to pull them out.
What type of a leader would I be if I did not?