Great Examples to Follow?

Russell Minick 2 Comments

I am not o.k. with the 2016 version of The Princess Bride quote.

I have a grandson. I want him to pursue “Greatness”. He could follow the example of a certain presidential candidate who talks about “Great!”. But to follow that man’s idea of greatness, while still pursuing goodness, one would have to make some important changes.

Unlike that candidate’s understanding of “Great” please:
  • Respect women.
  • Be honest.
  • Be humble.
  • Don’t slander others.
  • Use grown up words in grown up conversations.
  • Bravely denounce evil every chance you get.
  • Don’t order others to murder women and children for you…

Actually, I think it would be easier if I looked for an example with fewer exceptions.

Until then, I will simply give this advice:

Do NOT be like that candidate.

Do NOT be like people who look up to him.

That would be a “Great!” start.

Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves. – Luke 22:24-27

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