This was such a relevant and apposite illustration I used it when speaking to my boys in Prison where I serve as Chaplain.
When it comes to leadership, leaders must make that effort to offer their best at all times and in all circumstances and situations. Do you? Now be honest and open with me. Do you serve offering the highest standard of leadership of which you are capable? Read on and learn how this young fellow was challenge and how it affected his future?
When applying for a post on a nuclear submarine, Admiral Rickover, asked young Jimmy Submarine Leadership Carter if he did his best and gave his best at school.
Carter’s hesitant reply was “No”. The next question followed fast. “Why not?”
President Carter’s later autobiography is entitled, “Why Not the Best?”
Is this not a challenge to our leadership no matter where we are leading and no matter at what level we have responsibility?
People do watch us at various times, perhaps looking for an example they can emulate and adopt for their future service.
Jesus Christ gave everything for us, shedding His blood to forgive our sin, and sacrificing His life on that cross.
Jesus always gave the best. His simple call to us is, “Follow Me”.
It is a choice we make. Do your best. Choose the best. Think the best.
Jesus Christ’s disciples observed and watched and listened and learned and after three years they put it all into practical service and changed the world and the thinking of thousands and today we are called to do exactly the same.
Our Commanding Officer, Jesus Christ, has not withdrawn or altered or modified the basic commands and instruction.
Even marriage is still marriage between one man and one woman no government can redefine marriage no matter how they legislate.
Those who try to do that and those who agree with such flawed legislation will one day be answerable before our Holy Almighty God.
Never try to rewrite God’s Word as have it in the Bible.
The best a pastor can do for people is help them improve their faith, by deepening it, and encouraging its development and maturity. This article has that underlying aim and goal and purpose.
We have a picture of a soldier, as an example of discipleship, and a good soldier and a faithful disciple must know that the cause is worth willing to die for.
Jesus Christ would not want you to live a wasted life. Avoid leading a wasted life.
People need leaders today who are worth following and who will help and encourage and stimulate.
Soldiers, and disciples of Jesus, sacrifice their comfort, and serve in all kinds of challenging conditions, giving up their freedom to serve others, and prepared to endure hardships.
Disciples of Jesus Christ can be criticised, rejected and ostracised.
If sacrifice was easy, and if doing right was easy, everybody would do it!
We face a spiritual battle and many are discovering the ferocity of the battle is increasing.
The follower of Jesus has to eliminate distractions. Jesus refused to be distracted, diverted, or sidetracked.
As a soldier of Christ, do not let yourself become entangled in the affairs of this life, wasting valuable time. Please your Commanding Officer who enlisted you in His army.
How much of my time is invested in things that are not going to matter five years from today?
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled “Word from Scotland” on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M.A. and B.D. degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.