Who Follows You?

October 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm (Austria, Community, Devotional, Religious Commentary) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am an individual often given over to nostalgic episodes. I immensely enjoy remembering past experiences and often have to reign myself in to the present and submerge my recollections for a more appropriate time and place.

That being said, though I have since returned from Austria well over three years now, still a plethora of memories occasionally surprise my mind. There is one recollection in particular that  has returned to my mind again and again. Each time the memory pops into my mind, I smile at the recollection, try to curb further thought on the matter and continue about my day.

I was working hard managing the Schloss Café and Izzi, a friend of mine, asked me if I could teach her to play guitar. My guitar skills are minimal at best. I know chords and I know some songs, but my “skill” quickly breaks down as I have never been able to conquer strumming. But after warning her of my fatal flaw (which to this day has not been overcome) I conceded and said I would be glad to teach her what I knew.

We met a couple times while the Bible College students were in class and I tried to teach her what I knew about playing the guitar. A few days later I was working in the café, when Jason (a fellow intern) came in to study for a Men’s Bible Study he was leading. We were chatting a bit and with a amused expression on he face, he casually asked, “Hey Amanda, did you teach Izzi to play the guitar?”

Puzzled at how he could have known that I ventured, “Um, yeah…why do ask?” He started laughing and said, “Well, I just heard her playing in the Grand Room on my way down here and she sounds just like you!”

He got a good laugh out of it and so did I. I never proclaimed musical brilliance. My conversation with Jason has returned to me often since I’ve been back in the states, but it took me awhile to recognize its spiritual significance.

Every single person is leading someone. Undoubtedly, there is somebody looks up to you, trusts you, listens to what you say and though you MAY NOT EVEN BE AWARE, emulates how you live your life. I led Izzi in guitar playing and though Jason was not cognizant of the fact that she and I had met for lessons, he knew I had taught her simply because he heard her playing and she sounded like me!

The plain and simple fact is that in some way, somehow, every person leads another. The real question is: you may lead, but whom are YOU being led by? Choose whom you follow very carefully; determine their end; it is your end as well.

“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 11:1

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Ephesians 5:1-2

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