16th day of Lent
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
A train conductor once boarded a train that was getting ready to leave the station. He approached the first seated passenger and asked for his ticket. Looking at it, he saw that the man was on the wrong train. “But this is the train the ticket agent told me to board,” the man said. The conductor sent the man off to find his correct train, and then checked the next passenger’s ticket. It, too, was for a different train. The same thing happened with the third passenger, and the fourth. At this, the conductor got angry that the ticket agent was sending people to the wrong train.
Storming into the ticket office, the conductor blurted out, “Are you so confused that you’re boarding passengers on the wrong train?” The agent calmly assessed the situation and replied, “They weren’t on the wrong train. You were.”
Most of us are leaders in some area of our life. And as leaders, it’s vital that we stay “on the right track” so that those who follow us can also stay pointed in the right direction. That goes for every area of our life – including our spiritual development. If we’re not “on track” with the Lord, we can expect our workers, students, family members or others follow us in the right direction.
Today, pray that the Lord will help you stay close to Him, and to set a godly example for those He has entrusted to your care.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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