Authority Without Relationship

Our Words for the Week come from James Hewitt in Illustrations Unlimited. It’s a tongue in cheek message just in time for Veterans Day, followed by a more serious note.

A young second lieutenant at Fort Bragg discovered he had no change when he was about to buy a soft drink from a vending machine. He flagged down a passing private and asked him, “Do you have change for a dollar?”

The private said cheerfully, “I think so, let me take a look.”

The lieutenant drew himself up stiffly and said, “Soldier, that is no way to address an officer. We’ll start all over again. Do you have change for a dollar?”

The private came to attention, saluted smartly, and said, “No, sir!”1

Just a note Jesus always spoke with authority but was never authoritarian.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Quit saying you don’t have time. You have time for what you make time for in life. — Bryant McGill

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3 Responses to Authority Without Relationship

  1. Military courtesy
    seems archaic, and hard to face,
    but the world’s familiarity
    is not a saving grace.
    There are those who man the guns
    and there are those who lead;
    to ensure that no-one runs,
    respect is what you need.
    And, in this, to be quite frank,
    there is a working plan;
    if you’re made to respect the rank,
    you learn respect for the man.
    Obedience is not self-defamation;
    there’s vic’try through subordination.


  2. TamrahJo says:

    LOVE IT! those who must stress their authority outside of need, are struggling with understanding their own skills/leadership –


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