Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Janitor

A couple of weekends ago, I met up with our senior adult pastor and his wife as well as their friends. We had a great time fellowshipping over a long game of dominoes ...Mexican Train style! Before I left, he shared with me a brief handful of amazing, yet simple, stories that he has experienced as a faithful servant of GOD during his 'dash.' By his dash, I'm not referring to the busy-i-ness that we often find ourselves in today. But instead, as a friend defined for me one day, " the important part printed on our gravestones, not the dates, but what really matters lies between in the 'dash.' "

I truly thank GOD for the blessing of Bro Cliff French's friendship. Not only is he a great man, but he also can back it up as an LSU fan! Years before I moved to GA, he pastored a church right down the road from where I grew up in Central, LA. Talk about a small world!

So what does all that have to do with the Janitor? Well, that's the title of the book Bro Cliff gave me as I headed out the door Friday night. I'd personally define myself as a slow reader, yet I do enjoy short novels that relay life lessons. And, as I finished up this book in a little over a day, it certainly fit those criteria.

I've found out that it's already become an international best-seller and it's no wonder why. As I cleared the tears from my eyes on the last pages, I had to admit that I am truly inspired and encouraged by Janitor Bob Tidwell. Each day is an ample opportunity to the practice his simple life changing directives.

Synopsis: The Janitor was inspired by Todd Hopkins’s personal experiences of interviewing overqualified retired businessmen for evening shift janitorial positions. Todd’s applicants consistently would say they simply needed something to do. In this fable, janitor Bob Tidwell helps Roger to reevaluate how he is leading his business and his life. Bob’s counsel is based upon six principles that Todd and coauthor Ray Hilbert discovered have the most impact on succeeding in business while holding together a personal life. Their insightful advice is delivered in a real-to-life story that inspires you to find greater fulfillment in your life and in your career. [and family!]

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