It’s campaign season. And that means it’s time for “poli – ticking”.
No doubt, you will be approached by someone who will ask you for your vote, they may ask you to volunteer for their campaign, and they may even ask you for a donation. Now I’m not going to attempt to try to persuade anyone to vote one way or the other. I’m simply going to ask that you evaluate your vote.
Yes, Evaluate Your Vote.
There are three things that I always ask people to invest when I am pushing a cause I want them to join: their Talent, their Time, and their Treasure (if you read my column in the latest newsletter from the Chamber, you would see the running theme…but I digress). All three “T’s” are examples of your investments. And what do you expect from your investments – a return.
A return on your investments is a perfectly reasonable demand.
The company I work for invest a check into my bank account (roughly, every two weeks). Therefore, they expect a return on that in the form of my time and my talent.
I invest my time and my talent into the company I work for. Therefore, I expect a return on that in the form of a check (roughly, every two weeks).
Both parties end up with Value Added (see my last blog post here) – which is the ultimate goal. I add to the companies bottom line, they add to mine, we both are happy.
You see how investing works. It’s called the Law of Reciprocity. Even Jesus (yeah, I just referenced Jesus) expects a return on investment….and it’s not like he needs the money – read Matthew 25.
Your VOTE is your investment into leadership. And after a certain time of casting your vote for that leader, the return should yield that which adds value. Whether that value is in the form of better roads, better schools, better communities, and for you personally, a better life. No one should ever ask you to vote for them (follow them), and that person not add value! That’s not what Jesus would do! (aka “TNWJWD!”)
So the question floats: has the leadership you have repeatedly voted for added value and brought about tangible changes to your community, your city, and even your life?
Please, answer the question!
(fyi…there will be a follow up to this post within the next two weeks and I’ll go ahead and give you the title of it – “At Some Point, I, The Follower, Should Look Like Who I’m Following”)…..small clue, I’m going to reference that Jesus guy again…
Be The Difference,