Sometimes it feels easier to just let the small stuff go, especially when the tasks we already have seem overwhelming. Sometimes, though, ten minutes of work can make a huge difference. Squeaky office chairs are annoying enough in themselves, but any unsolved problem has a way of adding unnecessary stress to our lives.

There may even be more to it than that. Taking the initiative to solve even a small problem is not just a good way to train your work ethic; it shows faithfulness to a God who, fortunately for us, cares deeply about the details of His creation. 

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TRANSCRIPT: In a large aerospace company, a hundred office workers shared a single open room. One day, while working through lunch, my friend Vicky saw her co-worker Richard crawling underneath some of the desk chairs.
"What are you doing?" she asked.
“Lubricating the chairs,” he replied. Richard explained that the squeaky chairs got on his nerves, and rather than complain about the noise, he just took care of the problem himself.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge, and I have a question for you. How often do we try to send our little squeaky problems up or down the chain for someone else to solve? Take initiative. Sometimes, there are things we can do quietly, ourselves, to improve the atmosphere for everyone. It’s the high calling of our daily work.
Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves."
(Luke 22:25-26)



Leaders must reckon with a variety of practical pressures: deadlines, financial benchmarks, reputations, production requirements. Yet we are called to lead in response to God's call for our lives, not in response to manmade pressures. This may involve worrying more about broad human flourishing than next quarter's profits, or caring for individual team members more than what "big boss" thinks of us. When we lead from the soul, we lead for the sake of God's pleasure, not the pleasure of others. And when we do this, we live into the freedom that only he can give us.

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