I was glad when my dad moved me to the position of wood cutter. During the winter we would sell fire wood. These were the days before most people had gas heaters. Our customers heated their homes by wood heaters. We would get the left-over slab wood from saw mills. This slab wood was then sawed into smaller pieces as fire wood.
I was the one who operated the saw. It was a circular saw with a 3 foot diameter. It set on an iron frame with four wheels which made the entire unit moveable. This enabled us to move the saw throughout the wood yard. The saw turned at a high rate of speed. This was done by a belt attached to a small engine and the saw. It was my job to force the wood through the turning saw. The cut wood was then loaded onto a pick-up truck and delivered to a waiting customer.
I grew with the business. I learned from the ground up. I watched all that had to be done to get the wood from the saw mill to the heater of the customer. I later would deliver the wood to the customer. I would go with my dad to collect the money owed to him.
This was a small business but in order for us to make a living someone had to give leadership to it.
The leader of this business was my daddy. He knew everyone’s job. He knew how each was to be done. He hired and fired. He did not put up with people who did not want to work. You were not late to your job but once. He made sure the deliveries were made. He did what needed to be done for success.
I learned every business needed a leader, even a small one.
My dad was the LEADER and everyone knew it. It is required first and foremost of a leader TO LEAD.
This truth was major for me as a future leader. I learned how to lead by watching my dad.
Later I read these encouraging words, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” (Rom. 12:6-8)
My dad lead and I did my best to follow his example as a leader.
Thanks for Reading,