Spearhunting and Changing the World

I recently had the joy of keeping my namesake grandson while his parents were away. We really enjoy being together, but this visit was especially memorable because I determined he was old enough to undergo a special rite of passage that is somewhat unique to our family. Heralding back to my years in Africa, I own a set of authentic tribal spears, and it’s a big deal to my grandchildren to get to go on a spear hunt with Papa. When it is determined that the child can safely carry one of the spears, we set off through the woods for an epic safari that generally lasts no more than thirty minutes. At one point, Joshua Dane said, “Papa, I want to be just like you when I grow up.” You can imagine how rapidly my heart swelled, but just as quickly I was struck by the immense responsibility of perpetually setting the right example before him. 
To get right down to the heart of the matter, when Jesus says “You are the light of the world” and “You are the salt of the earth,” the most important part of speech is the linking verb “are.” Influence comes less from knowledge, and far more from ‘being; character and integrity trump all else. The older I become, the more I realize that it’s not what I know that matters most but who I am that will change the world.

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