Posted 1 years 43 days ago ago by Bob Burroughs 3 Comments
“All musicians start out with high ideals, but hanging on to them in the face of scrutiny takes real integrity.” Billy Bragg
Love and trust form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity. Proverbs 20:22 (The MESSAGE Bible)
There are times, Dear Abba/Papa/Lord/Master and Friend, that our lives seem to go off course and we find ourselves looking in on life from the outside. It is difficult these days to even survive in some situations. The economy, the dismissals without true cause, difficult family or spouse relationships and more all tend to get in the way of personal and public integrity. Without true integrity, a person loses much of their persona. I pray today for all Your Servants whom You have called to Yourself and who need a refresher course in the life to which You have called us. Let us not grow weary of doing good. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lived with integrity and passed it along to His followers. Amen, and Amen.
This is #5 in an issue of USA TODAY article that dealt with the TEN VALUE SKILLS that are the most important in today's society and world - skills that are important when employers are hiring and churches are looking for when bringing on a new pastor or staff member.
I have asked several good friends to take each of these Value Skills and write a brief comment about each one in issues of MME. The fifth value skill is Integrity, written by the well-known composer/arranger/pianist, and my good friend, Kurt Kaiser. Kurt is retired, living in Durango,Colorado, enjoying life in a much slower way these days, but his vast experience in music ministry and beyond gives him authority concerning integrity.
Someone once said: "Integrity is doing the right thing--even when no one is watching." Integrity is a very complex subject--there seems to be so many ramifications in this word as it relates to us.
We are not born with integrity. It is something that we learn in our pilgrimage. We strive to teach it to our children. As parents, we often fall short of having enough integrity; yet it seems quite strange how we almost innately know who has it, and who doesn't.
Certainly words alone have little meaning if they are not followed by example, though maintaining a good example is not always easy. Every day, integrity may be called into question. Though honesty is an important aspect of integrity, it alone is not enough.
Integrity is one of the most important and oft-cited of virtue terms. It is also perhaps the most puzzling.
Within religions, some achieve integrity by killing others in the name of a religion. Christian missionaries, who are sharing the love of Christ, often dare not share their faith overtly because the Christian religion is verboten. I wonder if it isn't difficult to hide their faith while at the same time sharing it. As I ponder this, my answer would be that missionaries are respecting the laws of the country where they serve; yet at the same time, they are sharing the love of Christ by example.
A few years ago, along with several other people, I received an award from the CASA conference in California. One of the other recipients receiving the award had spent his life smuggling Bibles into foreign countries. Should we call that integrity? I don't know the answer, but I am sure God's Smuggler had resolved the dilemma in his own heart.
When used as a virtue, integrity refers to a person's character; however there are other uses of the term, especially in music. A musical work may be said to have integrity when its musical structure has a certain completeness that is not intruded upon by uncoordinated, unrelated musical ideas; that is, when it possesses a kind of musical wholeness. Certainly the Bach B Minor Mass has integrity. It has stood and will continue to stand the test of time.
To me, integrity in music, means this: knowing the rules. Often, I am asked by other people to critique music, only to find that it was written by someone who obviously did not know the rules of music. Not learning and using the rules tends to cheapen the art. Those who choose not to learn the basic rules and continue to compose music that has little integrity continue to contribute to a great wellspring of mediocrity. Once one knows the rules, they can be broken to accommodate the art.
What think ye
Let the wise listen and add to learning, and let the discerning get guidance. - Proverbs 1:5
Great leaders…are great learners!
Learning also assumes an “attitude of submission,” and submission isn’t something with which every leader is comfortable. Early in our leadership lives, we were sure we already knew everything there was to know and all we needed was the opportunity to prove it. Remember??
If you, as a leader, are not teachable, you are not coachable. The problem is obvious, isn’t it? The younger we are, the more we think we know and the less likely we are to genuinely place ourselves. under the influence is a leadership coach or mentor. This statement is especially true if we view ourselves as more capable, more passionate and/or more talented than the people around us!
Solomon is considered the wisest man who ever lived. All through his writings, he emphasized that wisdom will seek counsel. A wise person knows his limitations. Only a fool believes he has none!
Here are a few of Solomon’s thoughts on seeking counsel – or a leadership coach/mentor:
It is a known fact—from many pages of history:
The way of the fools seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed. Proverbs 15:22
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and the end, you will be wise. Proverbs 19:20
Abuse your position as a leader
and you will lose those you lead!
Remember this: nobody has to follow you. You cannot force people to follow. You may be able to coerce them into submission because of your authority and/or power, but you can never force them to be loyal followers!
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1 years 41 days ago
1 years 42 days ago
A friend once gave me a list of things with this one that I always remember.... Reputation is what you have when you come to a new place.... Character is what you have when you leave. I think this goes right along with integrity.
1 years 42 days ago
Great stuff as always, Bob! You have talked about an issue which is vital to the success of our music ministries. I'm convening with 30 other music/worship people this week and I will make sure that they read this!
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