I was in a meeting today, thinking/praying about all the issues that I have spinning around me (read my post from earlier today). I (ok God told me) can do what I can do. Can I make a leader be ethical? Nope. Can I keep him from being motivated by money? That would be a big fat NOPE.
You know what I can do? I can lead a life that if God-honoring. I can impact the world, one teenager, one family member, one friend, one child at a time by one thing. Love. I can love. My signature on my email says “Live life in such a way that those who don't know Jesus will come to know Jesus because they know you” That’s all I can do, and sometimes that signature applies to those who know Jesus too.
I keep thinking about my dad. He lead by example, I’ve heard him at work (because I worked with him at the insurance company) say no to things that weren’t right and sometimes get in hot water for it. When I worked with him, I did the same thing, someone MUCH higher asked me to do something that would have benefited them for a minute but would have set an entire program back, costing money. And later, I received an apology, and the woman even spoke to my dad about it.
It’s not that I carry this big tally board that says “TGW” & “TGR”. (In the automotive world is Things Gone Wrong & Things Gone Right). If I did, I am sure my tally would be far greater on the TGW. Thankfully, I live under Jesus and His grace.
I can affect the world, I can be a leader in my home, and to those who know/love/hate me by loving them, and being a little more like Jesus everyday. I have kids and friends and lovers and doubters of Jesus looking at me, and I am just going to keep on loving.
Matt 7:1-5 1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye