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Love does not ENVY.
I can sometimes look at someone and wish I had what they have. Talent, possessions, position, family and more can cause me to become envious.

chris-paintingChris is a Liberty University student who has worked with me for the last three summers. He has more talent, drive, and experience than I had when I was his age. It’s easy to look at him and “wish” I had what he has. But just like everyone else, he has his own struggles.

No one is perfect. I’ve heard before that we often compare ourselves to other people’s highlight reels. Meaning that we compare our worst (what we know best) to other people’s best (only what we can see).

 

“We often compare ourselves to other people’s highlight reels”

I was challenged with this thought today: “If we get hung up on comparing our success (or lack of success) to the success of others, we tend to pull people down to our level instead of being encouraged by what they’re doing and allowing it to produce a healthy drive in us.”

I’m thankful to be a small part of Chris’ journey and look forward to see what happens next.

This is from a series of posts I made on Facebook during the summer of 2016.

 

I read this quote the other day:

“Aim to be an example that people can aspire to, while still being a person that people can relate to.”

In a nutshell, this is leadership.

Jesus is one that we aspire to be like, and He is also someone that we can relate to.

Many great leaders are easy to aspire to be like. Some have great poise. Others use great words. Most have the ability to get people into action and make a difference.

The problem is that many great leaders set themselves apart from their followers. And that makes them hard to relate to.

That’s not Jesus.

We should always remember that no matter our influence, the people we influence want to relate with us. That’s why we have relationships.

Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

Also… 1 Peter 5:3 “…be examples to the flock”

Great words for all young (or young at heart) leaders.

But there is hope for whoever is joined with all the living, since a live dog is better than a dead lion. Ecclesiastes 9:4

There have been some great men and women of God who have lived, served, and died. History has shown that, Christians can have the desire to be the next David, Isaac, Martin Luther, Billy Graham, or an admired pastor. But they are either gone, or their ministry is no longer at the height of what it once was. They are history. We are present.

They may be gone, or in the past… but we are the present. Our potential to reach people for Christ is present.

If I were going to battle, I would much rather have a roaring lion on my side. But if that lion is dead, he is no good to me. A hungry Rottweiler may not be as big or as ferocious, but it would do more damage than a dead lion.

Our ambitious generation must realize that we may not be the roaring lions of our forefathers, but we have every opportunity to be a hungry Rottweiler.

 

God doesn’t expect us to look like Abraham, Paul, or Jacob, He expects us to look like ourselves and make a difference to the people we minister to now.

This same thought can relate to our own previous successes. You may have had a roaring lion in your day, but every attempt to reach the previous success is preventing you from making an impact now.

Focus on the present, and go to battle with something rather than nothing.

 

Jan
19

There have been many times when I wished I had a blog to share my thoughts, ideas, and prayers. There have been a few times that I have set out to do so, but today is the day that it happens.

So it is a little weird starting a blog. With that said… where do you start? Not many, if anyone is going to read this post right away (hi mom). So with little to no audience, where do you start? What do you write about?

The only way that this site will be a blessing to me and to others is if I am consistent.

This thought about consistency is also an example of how consistency is valuable to Christians and youth leaders. We can be successful is if we are consistent.  Webster’s dictionary defines consistent to be “free from variation or contradiction” and “showing steady conformity to character.”

Consistency in my Christian walk has never been more important than when many eyes are looking at me as a spiritual leader.

 

I believe consistency is arguably one of the most important characteristics of a leader.

More later… I just pray that I can be consistent.