Through Colored Glasses

Seven years ago, I was struggling with a life-changing decision. I found myself stuck on two issues beyond my ability to resolve. If either of those issues went sideways, the change I was considering would lead to major complications.

My inability to see beyond those issues felt like wearing sunglasses in a darkened room.

Fortunately, Tom Harper and I had a conversation and an email exchange which provided the clarity I needed to make a decision which has turned out to be one of the very best of my life. I am forever grateful for the two simple questions he asked which drove away the darkness.

Tom’s new book, Through Colored Glasses: How Great Leaders Reveal Reality may well do the same for you. I appreciate him sending it my way.

This slim volume, which launches the Deep Water Books imprint, provides a leadership fable full of characters each of us can identify with real-life individuals. It tells the story of a scenario all of us can relate to.

The story moves quickly and briefly to a fitting conclusion. We gain insights into ourselves and our self-leadership skills. We feel the weight of uncomfortable moments and hard decisions.

The Afterword is golden. Alone, it could serve as a nice exposition of truth few would bother to read. The story makes the lessons come alive in a manner which is all the more valuable.

For example, we experience peace in our lives when we embrace the truth. A close walk with God empowers us to see ourselves and our world in a very different light. Outward cues reveal the state of a person’s thoughts. Too much talk can quickly lead to foolish behavior. Humbling ourselves and giving ourselves the gift of self-control leads to honor.

One of the bottom-line lessons of the book is this thought: “We don’t have to fall victim to people’s invisible motives,” (p. 95). Jesus not only saw everything clearly, he helped others do the same (Mark 8:25). He will do this for us as well.

This is the kind of book you can give a friend who generally does not like to read that much. He or she can complete this book in an hour or two. The story will linger for years. The lessons will last for a lifetime.

Read this book with a group or a team. Enjoy discussing it and associating the characters with people you have known across the years. Help one another learn to see reality from God’s perspective.

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Daily D – Ezekiel 43:1-5

Ezekiel 43:1-5 He led me to the gate, the one that faces east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice sounded like the roar of a huge torrent, and the earth shone with his glory. The vision I saw was like the one I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like the ones I had seen by the Chebar Canal. I fell facedown. The glory of the Lord entered the temple by way of the gate that faced east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

Daily D – Ezekiel 37:3

Ezekiel 37:3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I replied, “Lord God, only you know.”

Daily D – Ezekiel 36:26-27

Ezekiel 36:26, 27 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place my Spirit within you and cause you to follow my statutes and carefully observe my ordinances.”

Daily D – Psalm 40:6-8

Psalm 40:6-8
You do not delight in sacrifice and offering;
you open my ears to listen.
You do not ask for a whole burnt offering or a sin offering. Then I said, “See, I have come;
in the scroll it is written about me.
I delight to do your will, my God,
and your instruction is deep within me.”

Daily D – Psalm 39:4-5

Psalm 39:4, 5
“LORD, make me aware of my end
and the number of my days
so that I will know how short-lived I am.
In fact, you have made my days just inches long,
and my life span is as nothing to you.
Yes, every human being stands as only a vapor.”
Selah