Salad on the side…
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17 NIV).
Last Thursday, I had the privilege of having lunch with three leaders from Uganda and Zambia. These are men that I have rubbed shoulders with, had multiple conversations with, and spoke on the same stage with over my eight years on African soil.
I cannot express the privilege that is mine to know these men and count them as friends. Our conversations have sharpened my leadership skills on this Continent. Sharing the stage at conferences has motivated all of us to sharpen the giftings of leaders across Africa. Watching the youngest man pictured in the middle rising to his leadership potential is one of my life’s fulfilling privileges. Leaders like these and scores of others are what motivates me to continue the pursuit of equipping, encouraging, and empowering men and women to make a difference in their sphere of influence.
On the side, take a look at the salad pictured on the table. For those who read my last blog “A Bowl of Salad Please,” you will appreciate what I am about to tell you. Our lunch meeting took place at Mugg and Bean, same chain, different location. Feeling that I am now an expert at ordering salads in a mason jar, I decided to try out my expertise on another one. Ordering a salad featured under the mason jar on the menu, I was shocked when my salad came in a bowl. I can only explain it in one of two ways; either word has spread across the Mugg and Bean coffee shop chain to look out for the man who eats his salads straight out of the jar, or they took pity on me and decided to give it to me straight out of the bowl. Either way, I must say that my salad experiences at Mugg and Bean have become very confusing.
It is a good thing to know that there are far more important matters for leaders in Africa to discuss than whether or not salads should come in a mason jar or a bowl.
Until next Monday…