I just finished a great leadership fable called The Eric Trap. It comes out today – the latest effort by Jim Wideman, Sam Luce, Kenny Conley and Jim’s Infuse 2.2 team.
This is a must read for anyone in leadership, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice, the stuggles Eric deals with in this engaging tale will be relatable and relevant no matter where you are in your career. You’ll discover five keys every leader needs to get right artfully woven into a compelling tale about Eric Newman a children’s pastor who almost lost it all because he just didn’t get it. Prepare to get your priorities adjusted and your life in balance.
What are your traditions? Do they include the jolly fat guy or the furry deliverer of eggs? I know for many these are almost sacred traditions. Would you be offended if I said these are not just harmless fairy tales? I have nothing personally against either Santa or the Easter Bunny, but I do have a concern when we teach them to our children as truth. The truth is, you’re telling them a lie. Have you ever looked at it from your child’s perspective? If you would deceive them about Santa and the Easter Bunny, might in your child’s mind you be deceiving them about a man who died 2,000 years ago to take away their sins? As Christians, we are to rightly divide the word of truth. If our children can’t trust our word, who can they trust? I remember how devastated and betrayed I felt when I found out the Easter Bunny and Santa were mere myths. I was crushed. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to be honest with them on the front end, spare them the heartbreak of finding out the truth, and retain your integrity in their sight? We always had fun with our kids on these holidays without loss of our integrity. We hid eggs, we had gifts, we had it all . . . except the myth. Plus, we pointed them to Jesus in all things. Remember the real significance of this holiday, a holy God left his throne in heaven to take the punishment that we deserved, and offered us the gift of eternal life, forgiveness of sins, and the honor of becoming the son or daughter of the King of Kings. What fairytale could possibly surpass that? Don’t settle for a shallow shadow when you can have the real thing.