Don't let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates. Don't set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do. No one else should carry the title of 'Father'; you have only one Father, and he's in heaven. And don't let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them—Christ. (Matthew 23:8-10)
a Godly thought...
If we would bear the image of his glory, we must first bear the image of his shame. (p272 Bonhoeffer)
a leading thought...
Jesus did not want his disciples to be leaders first; he wanted them to become servants first. (p171 Blanchard)
a Dave thought...
Sociologist Tony Campolo told about a study in which fifty people over the age of 90 were asked to reflect upon their lives. “If you had it to do over again,” they were asked, “what would you do differently?” Though there were many answers, three responses dominated. Here they are:First, many respondents answered, “I would reflect more.” Do you ever feel that too much time is spent in “doing” and not enough spent thinking about what you are doing and why you are doing it?
Second, they said, “I would risk more.” Do you think that important opportunities either have been or might be forfeited because of your fear to take a necessary risk?
Finally, they said, “I would do more things that would live on after I died.” Do you feel that you are immersed in something bigger and more enduring than your own existence?
So as we REFLECT on 2007 ask yourself...
- What was the greatest thing God did in your life in 07?
- What are some new relationships you made this year?
- What was the biggest challenge you faced this year?
- What was our greatest personal achievement?
- What was the biggest surprise of the year?
- What was the biggest risk you took?
- If you could live 2007 over again what would you do differently?
Reflect more. Risk more. Leave a legacy.
Just a thought.