I’ve had this philosophy about stewardship of the 62 years that God has invested in me. I’ve felt that I should not go sit on the sidelines and put the years of experiences, life lessons and professional skills on the shelf. There has been a sense that with all that I’ve experienced and learned, my best work should be before me.
Today while researching leadership character traits and habits, I stumbled upon a word that has described my feelings and I’m delighted. Steven Covey used this word in his blog and it is “Crescendo.” Life is built on a series of experiences and ought to be an on-going process. What is it about the American culture that suggests we work hard, build our skills, learn new things each day, build relationships and networks only to hang it up one day and go sit on the beach or play golf? What a tremendous waste of skills, gifts and knowledge.
I want my children and grandchildren to see that we’re in the game to play, to contribute and to finish the race, until God takes us out of the race. From time to time our platform for service may change, but as each one fades, new opportunities arise that need to be pursued and used as further opportunities for learning and making significant contributions.
All this to say … Live life in crescendo!