Way back in the day (and I recognize that my day goes pretty far back), there was a song sung by Dr. Hook that had a refrain that ended But the thrill we’ve never known is the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture on the cover of the Rollin’ Stone.
That was the mark of success at that moment – the cover of the Rolling Stone. The cover the year-ending edition of Time Magazine also has designated notoriety on their annual Person of the Year. That person, this time around, was our person – Pope Francis.
Another magazine, Forbes, has also taken note of the Holy Father. Forbes is a magazine regarding business news and financial information. Why are they paying attention to our new Pope? They claim that he is helping society to redefine success. How?
> He is making it easier for ambitious people to value simplicity.
> He is changing how we distinguish between “important” people and “unimportant” people
> He is reminding us that power and position are a means for displaying virtue and character.
> He is modeling a civil approach to some of our worst hot-button topics
The whole article is worth a good look. Meanwhile, Esquire magazine named Pope Francis the Best-Dressed Man of the Year as well noting The humility of his garments offers a way to visibly display his theological and material concerns for the poor. This Holy Roman emperor really does have new clothes.
Take a moment and consider how you are redefining success in your own ministry. Drop a comment and let’s engage in a conversation regarding this.