Ted Rogers died this morning. Don't know whether you know who Ted Rogers is, but he was a major Canadian business and media mogul – dominating wireless communications, cable, sports (owned the Blue Jays), broadcasting, and so much more in Canada.
His legacy is a mixed one for sure, but I am intrigued by guys like Ted Rogers. Why?
Tenacity. Determination. Resolve. Purposefulness. Endurance. Stamina. Doggedness.
As this short bio points out, Rogers was never one to call it quits. He was making risky business moves when he was well into his 50s, 60s and even 70s. Many people kept saying he was going to fail, and he came close many times. But that never stopped him. He just kept going, defying the critics, and – many would say – proved them wrong.
When you look at how much skill, determination and raw energy he poured into business, it makes me wonder where that kind of drive is in the Kingdom of God.
I know we're a people of grace. A people who believe in God's power…but where are the tenacious, grace-reliant, odds defying spiritual entrepreneurs of this day? Why aren't there more?
When I read passages like this from Paul, Jesus or this from Daniel, I realize that the the scripture is filled with that raw combination of God's grace and people's radical devotion to building a different reality.
What can we learn from guys like Paul, Daniel and even a guy like Ted Rogers? What are we missing?