This weekend, pastor Tim talked about the power of example. Being the father of two young kids, this series has been very helpful for me to recalibrate my focus. One of the things that really struck me this weekend was the idea that influence is built over time. I began reflecting about a few different areas of my own life where small behaviors have added up to be significant.
When I played baseball, I would focus on a series of repetitive drills in order to train my body to perform well on the field. This ranged from going through each phase of my pitching form 100 times each night to practicing my swing. If I had an issue that I needed to deal with in my mechanics, it would take time to rectify it. Often, the times I performed the worst were the times I was trying to make quick adjustments to my form.
When my wife and I were dating, I thought I needed to do huge things to impress her and make lasting memories to strengthen our relationship. Interestingly enough, when I look back over our relationship today, it is all the small things I value the most. It is the little things we've done together, like making a late night taco run, or spending time chatting over coffee. I've also found that the little things show her most effectively that she is loved.
My dad is an Old Testament professor at Biola University, and specializes in wisdom literature. As I was reflecting on my childhood this weekend, I realized something: I don't remember having a single conversation with my dad about wisdom literature. Ever. What I do remember, however, is what it looks like to live a life of wisdom. In seeing my dad make small adjustments to his behavior, I feel like I was given a visual example of what living a wise life looks like. For all I know, we may have had a lot of conversations about being wise when I was a kid, but what I remember is his example over time.
As each of us looks to be an example to the world around us, be encouraged that you don't have to become one by the end of the day. Stay focused, and start moving in the right direction. Find some fellow believers to encourage you and help grow you into the man or woman God desires you to be. It isn't always an easy process, but it is worth it!