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firstUnless you’re a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ style parent, we all want our kids to learn from us, follow our lead and to do the good things we’ve taught them to do. I’ve learned over the years however, as both a ‘youngin’ and a parent myself, that intentionally or not, there are only two ways we lead others… in love or by fear.

Leading and motivating others by instilling fear in them only produces unhealthy, results driven relationships that create immense anxiety over seemingly unmet expectations. But leading and encouraging the best in people through love produces a life-long bounty of integrity, kindness, honesty and respect in others. The young man who sees his father as his hero and role model does so because his Dad first loved him.

Follow God’s example in everything you do just as a much loved child imitates his father.’…

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