Do Not Be Afraid — Have Faith Instead

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“Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy…”

–     Christopher Shea, as Linus Van Pelt in the 1965 classic, “Charlie Brown Christmas

–     Some guy named Luke, in a letter to some guy named Theophilus

So, one isn’t supposed to dance too close to the religion flame in a business blog?  Sorry, I just don’t care!

On Tuesday,  there will be a pretty major birthday party, marking the 2048th birthday of a carpenter who turned out to build much more than furniture or buildings.  I’m not suggesting that everyone has to celebrate it, but at our house, we will.

Today’s Daily Diff is about Faith, with an upper-case “F” and with a lower-case “f.”

As for the upper-case scenario, in the 1965 TV classic, Linus, for the only time in the entire run of the cartoon series, puts down his security blanket as he delivers this part of his speech on the real meaning of Christmas.  Look it up.  It’s the only time in all the episodes that he doesn’t have the blanket.  Because he doesn’t need the blanket, thanks to Faith.  That’s what upper-case Faith does for us.

When it comes to lower-case faith, let’s have faith in our team(s), let’s have faith in one another, in our leaders and in those to whom we’ve entrusted power.  Let’s have faith in our ability to make a difference, together.  That kind of faith will serve us well in our workaday lives.  But without Faith in something that isn’t of this world though, I simply can’t imagine how we can maintain faith in anything that is.

Merry Christmas.

The Diff, will shut down until New Year’s Eve, probably with some pithy plea for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes to win the Outback Bowl, and some level of striving to connect that pithy plea to some business outcome.  You’re fairly warned!


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Comments

  1. Jeff Wingfield says:

    Amen, brother. I have always appreciated and admired the way you dance toward the flame in many of your posts. And today, you went and cozied right up to it! The thing I appreciate as well… is that you dance all year, not just the “big two” weeks. Fight on!

    • Winger, I appreciate your support. It’s less about evangelism for me, perhaps, than it is wondering how people without something to Believe in can ultimately believe in anything. And, as subscribers know, without belief — it’s a long, slow, difficult slog. It feels good to drop the blanket and still know…

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