Martin Luther King, Jr., John Muir, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez… All famous men who fought for cause and battled against injustice and oppression, they defended the weak and ultimately changed the course of history.
My question to you is this, “What men would you add to this list? Who has changed your life? Who has inspired you to fight for the things that matter?”
Of all things which can make a man noble, honorable, and brave, here are my 4 signs of a man worth following…
1. He has a good name in the community.
The word “elder” in the Hebrew actually means “he with the longest standing good name”. He has a track record of wise decisions that demonstrate a care for others. To have a good name in a community requires that a person actually care for his community, city, and ultimately, his world. Like his counterpart, the woman worth following, he’s not a narcissist, always talking about himself. No, he’s a man who reflects on his community and acts solely for its good.
2. He honors his word.
He does what he says and says what he does. In other words, when he says he’s gonna show, he’ll show. You can count on his promises. He doesn’t make empty commitments or false statements. A man worth following has follow through. When he honors his word, he honors others above himself. The fact that he shows up, shows he cares.
3. He has a lion heart.
What I mean is this: he’s got courage. And tons of it. This doesn’t mean that he’s superhuman or fearless. What man on earth lives without fear? But he acts in spite of his fear. He follows the motto “be strong and courageous” while going into the unknown or into dangerous situations. Fear or judgement does not stop him. Worry doesn’t eclipse his dreams or plans. A man worth following conquers fear with his faith and moves forward in spite of it. When he does this, he showcases his love for people, and makes him even more worthy of leadership.
4. He’s marked by humility.
A man worth following is marked not by scars from physical battles or moral failures, but by humility – a sense that he is nothing more than a mere man. He knows he’s only made of dust. This gives him perspective. He lives in light of the fact that life on earth is temporary, fragile, and precious. A man worth following is quick to admit faults. He knows when he’s broken, lost, or wrong and he discusses it with others. He's vulnerable, transparent, and real. He doesn’t think he’s better than he is or better than others. A man worth following recognizes that everything he has – his looks, talents, family, possessions – have been given to him and that one day, will be given back. This causes him to be marked by humility, not pride.
What signs would you add to the list?