Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Honor and Success

Romans 13:7  Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

The key is rendering what's due, honor to those who deserve honor.  I’m in the process of changing my blogs’ layout a little bit.  I’m adding a copyright notice that shows on all pages.  I’m also adding a Copyright page for notices about items included from other sources.  If you check the copyright laws, that really is no longer needed.  But here’s the law and my thinking on what I’m doing:

The law says that Anything published from March 1989 on doesn’t require a copyright notice.  Neither do certain cases between January 1978 and March 1989.  Anything else published through February 1989 must either include a copyright notice or is, at this point, in the public domain.  So, why do I bother?

  1. There are those who either are unaware of the copyright law changes or who really don’t care about copyrights.  Although my notices don’t add any extra protection, they give the unaware person a way to recognize proper intellectual property ownership.  For those who ignore copyright, it’s sort of a notice that I don’t find stealing acceptable.
  2. Honor.  Some of the content I post isn’t mine.  Except where that material has been originally displayed somewhere where rules of reuse are given, I always ask.  It belongs to the person who created it and they deserve that honor.
  3. And honor.  The copyright laws don’t require a copyright notice or a copyright list page.  But the creators deserve a place where their talents get extra recognition.  My copyright page is as much (if not more) that as legal notice.  What others have added by their content deserves recognition.  I haven't decided what to name the page, but it needs to be something that recognizes those who have helped, here.
Part of Luke 10:7 says, "the labourer is worthy of his hire".  The blog is freely created, freely given, so there's nothing to pay myself or any other contributors with.  But we can certainly honor the contributions of talent to make this a more interesting place to come to.  Those are my thoughts, anyway.


We've had some posts, here, about leadership and success.  In one of them, we were comparing the theory that you learn best to succeed from watching successes of others to the theory that you learn best to succeed by learning from the mistakes others have made.  And I had said that even the most successful people are wrong some of the time and adjust to compensate.  All of that is at least partly right.  But that's not all of it.

Jon Acuff, in his book Quitter, had a quote from Warren Buffet that puts it all in perspective.  He said, "There's no place where we turned the switch.  So much happens by accident.  It does show the value of showing up every day."  That's just like God, isn't it?  If we just show up, He'll use us.  There's a saying that goes, "Wherever you are, be all there."  If we're fully available, physically, mentally and spiritually, God can work through us.  And many times that means new levels of success.  He has a plan when we can't possibly plan.  And He knows what we can't possibly know.  Simple.  Just be there, ready to be fully used.

What do you think?

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