2012-03-23 - Late
Tonight, I worked late. For the first night in a long time I didn't need to but I did anyway. I have worked many hours of overtime in the last few weeks and looked forward to getting home on time with only a few emails to send and some other small work that could be done relatively quickly - mostly nothing to do but spend time with my family. But this afternoon, I asked the men who work for me to push through a lot of stuff on their plates to get things caught up with some very tight deadlines. They both decided to stay late tonight to knock some stuff out and so I stayed with them. I wanted to go home but felt bad leaving them there to do tasks so I stayed.
I explained it to my wife. I told her that I could have come home - that my stuff was actually pretty easy that I needed to get done. But, my guys didn't know I had been working late for the last few weeks; they would only see me going home while they stayed to do the work. I paused and added, "You know I just kind of had to stay."
With her wise and understanding voice she simply said, "You have to lead by example."
That was it exactly; she articulated my thoughts very well. I didn't want to tell them to do one thing and then go do the opposite. I didn't want to say one thing and do another. As I ate a reheated dinner I began to think of Paul's words to the church at Corinth. "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1)
I wonder if I'm as careful with my spiritual example as I am with my professional. I know there's times I'm not but I should. We all should. People don't come to church because they hate God they don't come because they hate hypocrites - people who say one thing but do another. We, like Paul must say, "Follow me as I follow God!"
In the memorable words of Todd Beamer, "Are you guys ready? Okay, let's roll."