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One of my greatest blessings is working with people who are my friends. It is also a blessing when you can say that about a director of your ministry. Dr. George Theis was a former Director of Word of Life Fellowship and he was my friend. On July 2, 2014 he went home to be with the Lord.

As I reflected on my friendship with George, I thought of five valuable principles I learned from him. I never remember him discussing these with me; I simply picked them up by watching his life.

  1. Love Jesus but hate sin.  He lived out Psalm 97:10 as well as any man I have ever known. (You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.)
  2. Family is a priority.  I will never forget seeing him take family days each week in the middle of a busy camp season, setting the example for all of us.
  3. Treat people with dignity.  It has been said that a leader who walks into a room has an important effect on people. When he leaves the room, people either feel taller or smaller. George always made me feel taller.
  4. Honor your wife.  It was his custom to always introduce his wife Joan in every meeting where he spoke. Although I may not have done it that way, I learned from his example.
  5. Never stop learning.  He was constantly sending me articles to read with notations on them. He wanted me to keep reading and learning. I remember him saying that leaders never stopped learning!

I am thankful that God allowed me the privilege of knowing George Theis. I am grateful for the lessons I learned from my friend.

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