Don't Ask Students to do Something You Won't Do Yourself

I don't have a lot of rules for campus ministry, but this is one of them.

Anyone can stand up in front of a group of students and tell them what to do.  But hypocrisy often creeps in at this point.  The brave and holy life is easier to describe than live.

I try really hard to do everything I ask students to do.

And I get really excited whenever I see a collegue follow this rule.

This week at LaFe10, a collegue of mine challenged students to live the brave and holy life.  She talked to them about character and gifting and stepping up to the plate.  She (along with her team) challenged and inspired the students.

Asking people to step up to the plate and take advantage of opportunities is the easy part.  We can all do that, right?

Well...the day after the conference, She had a tough choice to make.  Someone from our team needed to report on the conference to 100s of InterVarsity Staff at our Staff Conference in St. Louis.  This is a great opportunity to be a bearer of good news and step up in public as a leader in LaFe.

My friend had a dozen good reasons to ask someone else to do the presentation.  But she didn't.  She's going to stand up in front of over a thousand InterVarsity Staff and lead.

"Why?" you might ask.  She wanted to apply her talk to herself.

She didn't want to ask students to do something she wouldn't do herself.  That's a glimpse at the brave and holy life.  That's the sort of character God gives and can use to deeply impact students.

Who do you know with this sort of character?

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