“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” -John 13: 34-35

Leading is about the individual, not the masses. It’s about serving, not being served. It’s about secrecy, not fame. I know there’s an irony here because I’m a pastor — talking to a lot of people at Shepherd’s Grove and watching on TV — but I know that the greatest accomplishment I can ever have is to be a great dad and a great husband. If I fail in those areas, then all of what I’m doing in this ministry in the kingdom of God, is almost forfeit. I believe that. The most successful pastors I’ve seen are the ones who recognize the importance of family and friends in the little things. If I ever leave the ministry, it’ll be because of my two kids. The greatest thing I’ll accomplish in my life will be those two kids. That’s not in any way to say that I don’t love this ministry because I do, but I have to recognize … we all have to recognize that the most important things in life are the little things and the little lives that depend on us.

PRAYER: Thank you, God, for the little things that mean so much.

REFLECTION: What are the little things in your life? Who are the little lives?

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