: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
As we finish up this series on our words for the Uncommen man, we wanted to broaden the scope a bit. We are striving to be an Uncommen Husband, Dad, and Leader, but what have we've been called to be to the world? God’s command is to be Salt and Light to the world as they may see your good deeds and they should glorify God. You are called to set the bar high and then take that into the world to have an influence in your job, community, country and the world.
Being an example (salt & light) at your job is underrated as we have a need to fit into the business culture to stay employed or to advance. With over 35 years of working experience, I learned years ago that character is hard to teach. Your boss may say they are looking for a person with training or experience, but dependability and trust are just as important. Early in my career, I was at a review and my employer told me, “Do you know why I hired you all those years ago? I hire on character over experience any day."
Being Uncommen in the community can range from being a good neighbor, serving at a local soup kitchen or something even larger. The point is to be Uncommen, you have to be active in your community. In spite of all the happy selfies people post on social media, there are hurting people out there and your city has tons of ways you can help. It’s a great family activity as well.
If there was ever a time when our country needed Uncommen Men to stand up and be an example, it is now. That statement is not political, it’s not an agenda and it’s not meant to be an inspirational quote on Facebook. Our country needs us in a variety of ways, but just as this series is focused around WORDS…it needs us to be able to communicate with each other. Arguing is not communicating. I love the saying, “better to be thought of a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt”.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country and dare I say it...the world!
Questions: Are you Uncommen in your Job, Community, Country, and the World? If not, why?What was the last community service project you took part in?Would you be willing to serve more if you did it with other people?
Challenge: If you are watching our way of life crumble on TV and Social Media, you may be part of the problem. Change can’t happen from the sofa. It requires us to be willing to get outside our box and serve others. Only by serving others will our world see an example of what to be like and that example is Uncommen.
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