I remember growing up, as the oldest I was constantly admonished to lead by example. As a parent, I often impart these same words on my children and younger cousins.
Have you ever noticed an individual who just simply commands attention or, better yet, one who can persuade anyone to do what he or she may ask? Some individuals are just born natural leaders while others struggle seriously in this department. Being someone that can effectively lead by example encompasses many different skills.
I had a mommy moment yesterday. My oldest son came to me upset that someone at school had been teasing and using profane language towards him for close to a month. An entire month??? My first instinct was to ask why he waited so long and remind him that I and his grandfather regularly ask if anyone is bothering him in any way. But I didn’t. I showed the care and compassion that Mommies are supposed to.
This morning I read a quote in Michelle McKinney Hammond’s The Diva Principle that really stuck with me throughout the day: “Wisdom is not just an accumulation of the right information, it is also the ability to apply it to one’s life. Perhaps this is why we are encouraged in Scripture to make sure we get an understanding. Understanding cements your commitment to make wise choices and stick with doing the right thing even when you don’t feel like it.”