If you’re going to lead …

When I was a teenager, a pastor once told me, “There’s always someone watching your life.”

That reminds me of a story about a pastor who was building a wooden trellis to support a climbing vine. As he was hammering away, he saw a little boy was watching him. The youngster didn’t say a word, so the pastor kept on working, thinking the lad would just leave.

But he didn’t.

Finally, the pastor asked, “Well, son, are you trying to pick up some pointers on gardening?”

“No,” replied the boy, “I’m just waiting to hear what a preacher says when he hits his thumb with a hammer.”

If you’re going to lead, then set the example.

“… Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity,” 1 Timothy 4:12b.