Being a husband, father, teacher, coach, mentor and community leader in troubling times can be hard at times. In fact, it is hard to be these things consistently even in regular day to day activity and non-troubling times. We live in a new society that is plagued with issues that are destroying the framework of the family, community and nation. Drug abuse, crime, violence, alcoholism and various forms of abuse have taken the country and many local communities by the hand. This is the result of peoples decision and a thought process that is humanlike and less God like.
God calls on men and women to be leaders in the church, community and nations. He leads by example and is the perfect scenario we can be to become the leader we should be. Becoming a leader takes time, energy, patience, hard work, practice and growth. We grow into a leadership role by doing and learning from both our wins and mistakes. God makes no mistakes so we cannot be “just like him”. However, we can be more like him and below are the ways I wrote down today after reading, meditating and absorbing his word.
- It takes effort and a purpose to become the best leader, father, mother, brother, son, daughter, teacher, coach, mentor, pastor, builder, worker, etc. When we are active in our jobs, community and with family engage and be a leader.
- Lead by example, especially when we are raising our kids. They will learn to speak and act just as we do. You have a nasty mouth, bad behaviors and habits that will push down to the next generation. God leads by being ever present, supportive, kind and forgiving.
- I wrote about living the word yesterday. Be active in the process of living what you preach. Do more than just talk about it, be about it daily. God is about 24/7, 365 for eternity.
- Be a light to the world by offering kindness and forgiveness to others. Do not be so quick to judge a person in traffic, at work or in the local community. We do not know their story and what is going on with them.
- Show strength in times of weakness. Be selfless and give to others as you have been blessed. Offer security to those around you by leading and become a positive example for the next generation.
1st Corinthians 11:1; Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
1st Peter 5:2; Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
Titus 2:7; Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity.