It’s important to reflect on who and what has influenced you and made you the person you are today. Teachers, bosses, and friends have influenced you. Events and circumstances have shaped you. Are you who you want to be? Who gets the credit for the person you are? Who gets the blame?
Over the years I’ve written about the men and women you’ve influenced me. My heroes. They’re people you should know about.
Über Christ Followers I call them. One Über Christ Follower you need to know about is Dr. Bob Barnes. I’ve been influenced by his ministry at arm’s length through his books and his talks. Dr. Barnes is the president of Sheridan House Family Ministries, a ministry that mentors young, marginalized people and turns them into productive parents and citizens. Family counseling programs at Sheridan House have revolutionized families across South Florida. He’s a sought after speaker and itinerant preacher and fellow contributor to the Good News of South Florida.
Barnes’ messages have challenged me deeply to become a man of strength, integrity, and wisdom, rather than a man who plays it safe by keeping rules. Men need to allow God to transform them into something they weren’t before. God transforms willing men into beings who naturally pause, listen, and follow the Lord. And they teach other men to do the same.
Here’s a practical step you can take that Barnes discusses in his talks. There are 31 Proverbs in the Book of Proverbs and up to 31 days in a month. Start each day by reading a Proverb. If you already have a quiet time as a part of your daily regimen, introduce this step. If you don’t have a time that you spend in God’s Word daily, start with this step. Don’t wait. Do it now.