LEADER’S FIELD GUIDE
The Carol of the Drum was composed by Katherine Kennicott Davis 1941. Forty years later, I sang this song, now called Little Drummer Boy, in grade school. Forty more years later, this song is heard on satellite radio between remixes of Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells. With apologies to my elementary school, the best version I’ve heard was performed on stage in Phoenix by the band for KING & COUNTRY.
Of course, the band preserves Davis’ intent by implying the drummer is young, humble, and poor, but their version assures us that having only a drum is absolutely nothing of which to be ashamed. (Confession: I listened to this version on a loop as I wrote this article– best earworm ever!!)
Here’s what the drummer boy teaches us:
- Young? Own Your Age: Age has nothing to do with value or impact. We also know age can’t be modified (though we try). We know experience and maturity can be developed over time (thankfully). At this very moment, we, and all those around us, are exactly how old we are supposed to be! If the drummer boy had been ashamed of his age or allowed others to discourage him based on his age, who would have played for the King?
- Humble? Move to the Front: The ongoing challenge with humility is being extremely confident without being pretentious. Moving forward often requires courage before certainty, meaning we don’t get to know for sure we can do something without taking a risk! If the drummer boy hadn’t taken his place in the front, who would have played for the King?
- Poor? Give All You Have: We all have gifts that fit like puzzle pieces into the needs of all around us. Each fit into a special place and the whole is incomplete without our individual contribution! The funny thing about gifts is they seem so natural, we fail to see how unique and essential they are to those around us! If the drummer boy had not brought all that he had, who would have played for the King?
The song, Little Drummer Boy, has been performed many times in many different ways, but the moral of its story is still the same: own your age, move to the front, and give all you have. If the drummer boy hadn’t, he would have never seen the King smile.
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum
~ Little Drummer Boy (Live), for KING & COUNTRY (via YouTube)
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|ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman, an Executive Business Consultant with Leading Synergies, helps high-performing executives refine strategy, inspire teams, and delight clients (specializing in information technology, project management, consulting, and franchise management). She also leads Synergy Groups, weekly 55-minute virtual business mastermind calls for REALLY BUSY Christians in leadership. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 21 years.|
SYNERGY GROUP MEETING
Welcome (~5 Minutes)
At the beginning of each meeting:
- Open in prayer to get focused.
- Welcome new guest(s) to the Synergy Group.
- Provide short introductions (end with guests).
- Share a brief summary of high-points from the Leader’s Field Guide (above).
Leadership Development (~15 Minutes | 00:05)
Be prepared to share from professional experience and ask follow-up questions.
- What is the hardest for you, owning your age, moving to the front, or giving all you have?
- What prejudice do you have with people of different ages? Different levels of confidence? Different means?
Spiritual Growth (~15 Minutes | 00:20)
Apply Biblically-based and Christ-centered principles to your work and responsibilities.
- Read Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4: 1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven... 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. (ESV)
- During this season of celebration, about what can you laugh, dance, or play your drum?
- What might keep you or is keeping you from truly celebrating right now?
Report, Praise, Prayer, & Goal (~15 Minutes | 00:35)
Let us know how you did on your goal from last week. Discuss recent successes and current business needs. Share what you are grateful for and request insight, collaboration, or help with accountability. Include a goal for next week based on your discoveries today! Prayer is an important part of seeking him first (Matthew 6:33). Some groups share a list after each meeting; then update one another throughout the week! Pray together now and for each other during the week.
Networking (~5 Minutes | 00:50)
Share announcements and make professional connections. You are invited to connect via LinkedIn and offline, too!
Challenge (At Home)
This upcoming week, strengthen your relationship by reading about, praying with, and listening to God.
- Read Matthew 2:11: And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (ESV)
- What gifts of time, talent, or treasure can you share this time of year?
- What gifts are you being offered by the young, humble, or poor? How can you share your appreciation?
- I challenge you to “fall down and worship” Him. Just once, get on your knees (really), bow before Him (yes, with your forehead on the floor), and your arms outstretched. Open your heart; open your treasures to Him. Worship Him!
- What would it be like if you were to “play your best for Him” as the Little Drummer Boy did? Close your eyes and imagine the King smiling on you!
- Describe your experience.
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