Have you ever said something and a little while later you hear the very thing from someone else? Or you may do something and before you know it someone else is doing the same exact thing? Or perhaps you wear something and the next minute others are copying your style? I have news for you: you are a leader. You may even be a trailblazer. Trailblazers do things first. They're innovators and trendsetters. They "blaze" the trail for others to follow. Oftentimes they don't even have to try hard. They make things look easy just being themselves. People admire them.
Now, the question to those leaders is, are you leading people to heaven or hell? That, my dear comrades, is the million dollar question.
Where are we leading them?
Some of us may think that what we do doesn't affect others, but what we do, can and will be used against us if we're not careful. How? Well, if anyone falls because of us and because of the position of influence God has placed us in, then we hold some responsibility for that fall whether we think it's fair or not. We just need to realize that some of the people watching us are taking notes. These people may be our kids, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, or friends. And none are coincidences. Such occurrences are based on the position and order of how God set things up. I know it's not an easy walk and perhaps we fall short. If that happens, all we can do is apologize, repent, regroup, and begin again.
God is a merciful God and He will redeem His people.
It's great when the people we influence follow us. There's nothing wrong with that at all. If God placed us in a position of influence, then we have to take that seriously, because...
...people notice us.
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