Many in the media have likened the fight against COVID-19 to a war against an invisible enemy. Team members in a wide variety of industries have had to step up and make personal sacrifices to best serve our community and the mission of their organization. They have truly served on the frontlines of this battle.
With this metaphor in mind, we reached out to Lieutenant Colonel Scott Jeffress (Army – Retired), Director of the Roan Scholars Program at ETSU. He shared his thoughts with Summit Leadership regarding the similarities between military deployment and the return of furloughed employees.
summitlifeTools for Helping Teams Reunite After a Furlough
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” ~ C. S. Lewis
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the determination to not let fear stop you. People with courage do it afraid. “Good Courage” is a faith-driven boldness. Faith always overcomes fear. If you desire to be a courageous leader who overcomes fear and uncertainty to get the job done, become a faith-filled leader. Be of good courage and lead with confidence.
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” ~ Helen Keller
Physical strength can be impressive. Have you ever watched one of those Strong Man Competitions where huge men lift cars, pull buses and throw large barrels over a wall? Their physical strength is something we admire, but most of us aren’t very interested in being able to do what they do.
It’s much different with “inner strength”. People with inner strength are not only admired by others, but they also possess an attribute that most people desire for themselves. Two women of amazing inner strength mentioned in the Bible are Naomi and Ruth.
Shock, denial, anger, sadness, despair, fear…..cycling through these emotions, sometimes daily, or several times throughout the day, is the current state for many in our land. I have experienced these emotions myself throughout this time of isolation. I have read and heard of it in others. In a land where we are used to such freedom, these feelings combined with confinement seems all the more difficult to process.
“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” ~ Ovid
Stephen Covey gave us a great word picture in his “sharpening your saw” analogy. If you invest in rest at the right time, it will pay great dividends for a long time. A sharp saw cuts wood more efficiently than a dull saw. You are always sharper when you are well rested. It’s truly a good investment of your time. The best rest is the kind of rest that brings peace to your soul. Invest in Rest.
As many of us self-isolate now in and around video conferences, texts, emails, or telephone calls, this could be an opportune moment to review your estate plans (especially if that yellowed, Last Will and Testament gathered an inch of dust, and yes, it states your long-grown, years-away-from-living-with-you adult children should be placed under the guardianship of Aunt Martha and Uncle Herb).
summitlifeNOW’S the Time . . . to Review Your Estate Plan
Information, numbers, and timelines are changing daily. We are living in the uncertainty of what life will look like in a day or even an hour.
Let’s talk about some small things you can do in this time to find purpose and peace in our community.
Hebrews 13: 16-18 “ And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” “Obey your leaders, and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” “Pray for us…” (NASB)
Social distancing, self-quarantine, flatten the curve, shelter in place, PPEs (personal protective equipment), contact tracing, community spread – These are some of the new words now in our daily vocabularies. Words that before were foreign to most of us. The Covid-19 pandemic virus has changed not only how we live temporarily but also how we speak.
It’s the week of Christmas and, for many, the season can bring unresolved tension, trauma, and concerns to the surface. At Summit, we value the mental and spiritual health of our partners. Therefore, we are pleased to provide a new service to partners of Summit just in time for the Holidays. We hope these videos will serve leaders, pastors, and people in the privacy of their own offices and homes.
summitlifeA Letter from Michele, Summit’s Caring Director