You Can Live Well - Day 3
Lord, please open my heart to receive the word you would have me hear today.
Read: Titus 2:6-8 (HCSB)
“In the same way, encourage the young men to be self-controlled in everything. Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity in your teaching. Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us.”
Leadership is not just a practice for the elder generations among us. Paul, here in Titus, shows that even the young can lead.
Leadership begins not by taking charge but by having integrity that others see. Integrity is doing things right, maintaining a course of action without wavering, and taking ownership of our mistakes.
Another thing Paul emphasizes is self-control. Sounds easy. Yeah, right. If you choose to drink, can you control the amount you consume so you never get drunk? Can you keep control of the words you say to make sure nothing hurtful or angry spews out of your mouth? Do you have a financial spending plan that includes giving, saving, and setting aside funds for a rainy day while staying on top of the bills you acquire? All of these things are evidences of self-control (and, to be sure, there are many more).
Some years ago I heard the phrase “lead where you are”. Leadership is natural for some, but not for others. To become a good leader, no matter your gifting, requires that you know what your purpose is. It requires discipline to stay on the path set before you, and it requires humility to recognize that we all are prone to failure and we must own our mistakes and learn from them to continue to move forward. Our path, as Christians, was set out by Jesus and fleshed out by the apostles in the books of the New Testament. Let the words that you say and the things that you do be honorable in such a way that others will see the goodness in you and will honor your heavenly Father as a result.
Father, I long to love others the same way you love me. Help me to be honorable, to always rejoice in truth and to live a life that brings glory to your name.