“Do as I say, not as I do.” A common phrase used by parents, managers, or others in leadership positions. The way to be a leader is to live what you say so that you gain credibility. People (kids, students, employees) follow the model they witness. They absorb what they see and hear. They consciously or unconsciously model themselves after the influence that surrounds them the most. If you want to have an impact, model the example first, then others will adjust to your changes.
The Master Example
Jesus had a group of followers called Disciples. He poured water into a bowl and began to wash their feet and wipe them dry. [Remember, this was in a desert area where people wore sandals. This was no simple task.]
The Initial Confusion
One of the disciples, Peter, exclaimed that Jesus would not wash HIS feet. Implying it is not right for the master to wash the feet of his servants. Jesus replied, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will after this. If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean.”
So, when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. (John 13:3-15)
I Am Encouraged!
Lord, I am encouraged while writing this today. It reminds me of the importance of not making excuses and to live with excellence as best I can. I realize not only are you watching, but we are all being observed by those around us, young and old. And whether we have kids or not, we are modeling an example of the good and the bad. Let it be more for good, as you have done for us. Amen!