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Have you ever heard any of the following Christian Maxims?

“If you are going to talk the talk then you need to walk the walk.”

“Do as I do is more powerful than simply do as I say.”

“If you want to have followers then you need to be a leader.”

Or my favorite:

Your life is so loud; I cannot hear what you are saying.”

Whether corny or poignant they all attempt to address the concept of EXAMPLE. Today students (and adults for that matter) are looking for authenticity in leadership. They want to see and are willing to follow someone who is real or genuine.

The concept of being a role model has been skewed by many in leadership who have not lived lives of excellence. They have been an EXAMPLE but the wrong kind.

Being an EXAMPLE means:

  • Saying yes when others say no.
  • Saying no when others say yes.
  • Being willing to keep giving when others give up.
  • Embracing a challenge when others let go.
  • Demonstrating submission when others rebel.
  • Allowing God to lead rather than being self-sufficient.
  • Being willing to live above reproach. 

When I read (1 Corinthians 11:1) I get the idea that Paul speaks with confidence. I think he is looking people directly in the eyes when he says, Imitate me just as I also imitate Christ.” Now that is EXAMPLE!

You can speak words like those when your life speaks as loudly as your words.

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