A mighty wave of anger is on its way to America and its institutions! Buffeted by the rising tide of coronavirus, we can expect successive waves of emotion to keep rolling in over the weeks and months ahead. Having experienced these realities in Kirkland, Washington, where death first reached America’s shores, our local leaders may have a short head start on the process of grief and loss that COVID-19 has set in motion across the world.
There is a leadership folk tale about the Chinese character that means “crisis,” allegedly composed of the two Chinese characters for "danger" and "opportunity." This tale has become so ubiquitous that even some native Chinese speakers believe it. Sometimes wisdom transcends its origin, even if it started with an error. In fact, every crisis includes an opportunity. If the COVID-19 pandemic means, as we hear so many saying now, that we have come to the “end of the world as we have known it,” we will be faced with the awesome privilege of building a new one! I say, “Bring the future on! I’m planning to live there for the rest of my life.”
I love visiting Singapore! It may be one of the world’s smallest countries, but it has an immense vision. The Christian community there constantly inspires me with its gung-ho, change-the-world, all-things-are-possible worldview based on its outsized concept of God. On my most recent trip, a friend asked me to address a group of leaders on the topic, “The Challenges and Imperatives of Christian Leadership in the New Global Economy.” I love challenging speech topics, so I worked hard on this one.
I love my Apple AirPods. What a design marvel they are! The rounded case fits smoothly in my hand and in my pocket. I carry them all day, every day. The pods magnetically jump into their charging slots. The charger works off the same cable that charges the iPhone. Upon opening the case, the charging status of the case and each pod appears on the iPhone screen.