Hiring power is the ability to create opportunities for others.
“Highering power,” on the other hand, is the ability to help people create those opportunities for themselves. As a mentor, a leader, and a Believer, I am responsible for both.
In my 9-to-5 role, I am an administrator in education. While no one truly understands everything I am able to cram into that eight- (closer to 10 or 12) hour business day, one element that I am so overwhelmingly blessed to do is to provide higher opportunities for others simply by hiring them. (At one point, I co-supervised over 150 employees. Yikes)! From undergraduate students, to graduate students, to full-timers, employing staff empowers me, just as much as it empowers my team.
That is why, in my opinion, hiring people transcends the paychecks, the positions, and the promotions. Instead, it allows you to explore your gift of influence, leadership, and spiritual authority. It allows you to explore your “highering power.”
YOUR HIGHERING POWER
While you may not identify with the aspect of employing others, you do have people that look up to you, watch you closely, and consult you for direction. These are your mentees, siblings, friends, colleagues, relatives, and plenty of other people who are learning from your life’s testimony.
You have hired them into your life. So what are you doing to “higher” them?
I enjoyed a service at Christian Heritage Church (Tallahassee, FL) where Pastor Steve Dow talked about leaving a legacy. He referenced Deuteronomy 6:4-7 and advised this,
“At every opportunity, put something eternal into the lives of those who are following you.”
What an awesome charge that is. So I ask, “What is your highering power?”
- Are you purposeful about having your sister engage with people of influence in your circle?
- Do you ask your mentee to “assist” you with specific tasks, not because you need the help, but because you want him to observe and learn from the experience?
- Do you ponder “out loud,” so both you and your friend can sharpen your critical thinking skills?
- Do you provide respectful reprimand to your nephew when his efforts don’t match his potential?
- Do you express love, patience, and understanding, so others will learn to do the same?
What do people learn from their shared living experiences with you?
That is your highering power.