Not only are we celebrating a three day weekend; we are celebrating Memorial Day! This is one of my favorite weekends throughout the year. I love getting together for parties, friends, great weather, and great food! It brings back a lot of memories as a kid, spending time with the family.
“Emptying ourselves is not an easy task, and it does not happen quickly. I spent many years wondering if I would ever manifest humility instead of pride, trusting in the strength of God instead of my own. If you feel the same way, let me encourage you that as long as you don’t give up, you are making progress.”
1. Be a leader. One of the best ways to learn good leadership, is by being a good follower. If you covet leadership for ego reasons, people will see that in you, and take advantage of you. Godly leadership is about having a servant’s heart. In this case, it’s to serve them by taking the time, and enduring the potential scorn, to show them a better way.
2. Lead towards righteousness, not away from sin. People who want to change the world often pick a sin they really don’t like, and then rail against that. But the Christian life isn’t about sinning less, it’s about living a more righteous life. Feed the hungry, heal the sick, and do what the Bible calls “justice for the poor”. Then the Gospel is much more likely to be received, and where people receive the Good News, the world is changed.
3. Recognize: nothing stands against love. You’ve heard “hate the sin, but love the sinner”, but I tell you, love the sinner, period. If you love them, you’ll hate what that sin does to them. If you set out to hate the sin first, you forget about the sinner altogether. It becomes about hate, not love. Believe it— love is the weapon the enemy fears most.
4. Change yourself. A really smart dude with a really funny name (Mohandas), said, “be the change you want to see in the world”. And he had a point, we need to know how to love our fellow man, how to live in peace, and how to be forgiving, to lead others forth in accomplishing the same thing.
5. Stand out from the crowd. Many Christians feel that conformity is an important part of Christianity. It isn’t. It was an outlaw religion from day one. In truth, many of us covet the acceptance of other Christians, and wouldn’t want to do anything to mess that up. Yet, to lead others to something new and better, you need to have the courage to reject the status quo, find a good fight, and get in it.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).