The Third Rung: Aligning with Truth

Vincent van Gogh. He never learned to trust God. God chose to speak through those closest to him too. We need to listen to those close by. God himself could be speaking to an individual simply by using his or her own advice. It creates a need for good listening skills. There is an act to proper listening though.

Listening appears in both ladders. It is a correlating theme of the two. With those who choose to climb either ladder must first come to the understanding of the need for input into their lives. People are in need of love. Though both ladders deal equally with the listening skills they do have differing concerns.

They differ on the line of truth. The capacity ladder is concerned with the results of what a person does whereas the character ladder’s main concern is with who they are. The truth of interconnecting as human beings appears in the character ladder only. Each person needs others leading them, standing by them, and being led by them. All of that is encompassed by one’s ability to trust people. When trust is present the individual will find the road to being fulfilled in who they were created to be.

Think of going to a chiropractor to get a spin adjustment. God makes all things healthy again by giving us spin adjustments every so often in order to keep us moving up the ladder of character development. When we stop doing things the way God intending them to be done, we lose site of what it means to be created beings. How we treat others may have a correlation of how our relationship with the Living God is going.

God intends for us to stay connected with others. He never intended for us to be alone. A great example of that was with the first man, Adam. God’s first created human longed for companionship. At that thought, God created a partner for him. Based on that story we should know not to be alone. Leadership seems lonely at times. God did not intend it to be that way though.

I have learned that I need others in my life.


Thrall, Bill, McNicol, Bruce and Ken McElrath. The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.


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