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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.