Lead By Example

1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. ~ 1 Samuel 3:1-3

The first thing I want you to notice is the second sentence in the first verse. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.

In those days, what days? The days under the end of Eli’s ministry.

    • So, what was going on?
    • Why were there no frequent vision?

If there were no frequent visions in those days, it would stand to reason that there were frequent visions in days prior. Right? So, what has happened to bring such a change?

Whatever the culture is, meaning the way we do things here, whether it’s their goals, their priorities, their vision, it all stems from the leader. And again, it doesn’t matter whether it is ecclesiastical, meaning the church, or secular, the society; it all reflects the real leader(s) at the time. That is true in churches and in the workplace. The organization can be judged by its leader.

Therefore, if you are discouraged by the culture you are in, then be the change in that culture that you want to see. Lead by example. Don’t blindly just follow the status quo. Do as the apostles did, follow Christ, and others will follow you. Don’t be discouraged by the world around you, be encouraged by the reward awaiting you if you finish the race that has been set before you.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Lead By Example.

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