It’s easy to look at what’s happening around the country, or even the world, and jump on a bandwagon. It’s easy to conform to the ideologies of the masses for fear of being different, causing rifts, or simply not wanting to feel alone. The problem with conforming so easily is that we forfeit our courage and integrity. We lose sight of what is right and true for the sake of comfort and acceptance. Do not conform to this world, but rather be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Be strong and courageous. Stand for what is right, rather than conform to the masses. Do not allow yourself to be pushed by every wind of doctrine that comes your way. Lead in a way that will never compromise your character or integrity.
The ways of the world are as changing as the currents of the ocean. If we are always looking to conform to the ways of the world, then we will never stand for what is right, know truth from lie, or even know who we are. The world should not be the one to tell us what to think, how to act, or what to do. We must be the ones who build personal moral and ethical codes that are based on facts and truth. Instead of seeking acceptance from the world, we should be looking at what is morally and ethically right to accept from the world. Choosing to conform to impulsive ideologies that change in an instant proves our ignorance and lack of self-confidence and courage. Conforming builds a foundation of sand that will ultimately crumble and cause us more anguish in the end.
We are called to be strong and courageous. We are called to stand for what is morally and ethically right. We are called to be lions in the midst of jackals. We are called to protect those who cannot protect themselves. We are called to take care of the orphans and widows. If we are called to do and be all of these things, then the last thing we want to do is conform to the ways of this world. The world teaches the opposite of everything we are called to be. As leaders, we must stand tall in the midst of chaos and confusion. We must be the light that others can see in the midst of the darkness that surrounds them. If we are constantly swayed by the ways of the world, we will become the darkness that surrounds others rather than the light that brings hope, strength, and encouragement.
We must be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We must set aside the ways of this world and traverse the narrow path. Truth doesn’t become less true because people refuse to accept it. Facts don’t stop being facts because people refuse to accept them. We need to seek truth, stand for what is right, lead with integrity, and never compromise moral and ethical standards for personal gain and public acceptance. To renew our mind, we must do what is opposite of what this world finds acceptable. We must remove ourselves from the equation and seek to be servant leaders. While serving, we must protect the weak and stand for truth all the while holding ourselves to higher morals and ethics.
Lead in a selfless way, but stand for what is right. Serve, but never compromise. Stay humble, but be assertive. Don’t conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Transform your mind to to be a leader that stands for what is right, protects the weak, leads with integrity, and will never compromise their character for the approval of the world.
As always, stay humble and serve well!