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I just finished reading an article about Alex Anthopolous.  The name may not be familiar.  He’s the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.  Most of us know that team name but maybe not his name.  He’s made a bit of a name for himself especially in the last 12 months.  As GM of the club he engineered a number of player trades in the off season that were designed to radically strengthen his ball club and allow it to compete for the championship of the American League East baseball division and hopefully beyond that to the World Series.  So far, the jury is still out on whether he was a genius or mistaken.

Overbay, Boesch homer off Dickey, Yanks sweep Jays

In the interview he talks of his “style” of operation.  He says he likes to consult but at the end he has the last vote and the largest vote on the discussion.   I liked the way he framed that.  When it comes to the outcomes of his decisions, he ultimately takes responsibility.

I live in a world of many.  I live my own ife but my life is affected by family, coworkers, colleagues, clients, contacts and community.  If I lived on a deserted island it would be different but I live with a multitude of others.  I  do my best to listen, learn, and ultimately lead but it’s a process.

At the end of the day, I need to do my homework and then cast my vote.  I have the last vote in my life.

Here is where it gets especially meaningful.  Who cares about my life?  Who cares about the outcomes of my decisions?  Is it the people around me? Maybe, but probably not.  Is it me?  Well, I care, but I am not the final court of opinion.  Ultimately?  It’s God who gives the final assent or evaluation to my life.

I don’t fear his disapproval because I know His heart.  But I do care about his approval…because I want my life to count for Him.  So, I exercise the last and largest vote, but it’s a vote designed to bring me to the ultimate court of appeal.

Do you ever find yourself out of step with the populace around you as you exercise your own personal last and largest vote?    How do you handle that?