If you have not realized it yet, life is a journey. In that journey, like all others, we make decisions that route us to a destination. Today’s blog post will focus on your place in that journey.
Every journey starts with you, how you’re viewing this journey and the position you’re taking in it. You must have clarity in your objective or the trip is already starting off badly. Can you imagine boarding an aircraft with no clear objective? Of course not! We must view life in the same way.
I just read a mini book by Isabel Hundt titled “Identity Crisis in the World of Entrepreneurs”. (You can find out more about Isabel and get the e-book at http://www.isabelhundt.com). In her book, she mentions “students and followers”. When I read this, it resonated inside of me. I want to take this thought a little deeper. First, let me define those two words: the word “follower” is defined as “one who imitates” while the word “student” means “one who studies something or someone”.
How do you see yourself in the scheme of life, are you a follower or a student? Or, would you say, “I’m not really sure!”? The Bible tells us many different times, that we are to be followers of Christ. Note, Christ NOT man! Even the word disciple means “a personal follower of Jesus”. Now let’s think about the word “student” for a moment. I defined this as “one who studies something or someone” and though we are studiers and followers of Christ, we are also students of life, BUT we are not to be followers of it. We have a society of followers who are constantly shifting to what life dictates to them; we see this in every age group and gender. They follow the latest fashion, music and the list goes on and on and shifts constantly; so many are swayed by these things.
A man can say, “Be like me and you will be successful” and people will try to do just that. Just because it works for one, does not mean it will work for another. BUT it also does not mean we can’t take his concepts and adapt them to our life and calling. If we are students of life, we are always hearing, seeing, smelling and tasting of life and taking what we get and making educated decisions with it. What makes a student of life different than a follower of life is that we are taking in information, processing and using it to better ourselves, BUT not to conform to it. If you add the Christ follower with the student of life, BOOM you have a powerful combination. This combination is NOT afraid to dream and risk failure to live the life God designed for us. A life lived on purpose with purpose!
QUESTION: How do you see yourself, as a student or a follower?
That’s it for this week, BUT there is going to be more to come on this topic! I would love to hear back from you below with your comments, suggestions and feedback.
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I believe our life is truly meant to be the greatest adventure novel waiting to be written as we live it out. Start living the best life possible NOW on purpose with purpose. Live with no regrets and love without boundaries. Hold nothing back and charge life head on. I am excited for what’s next because the excitement of anticipation and not knowing of what is next is what births each breath in life.
So stand strong, live life loud and bold! Take this new day gladiator style, ruling and reigning it and not letting it reign you.
I really love your post. Its interesting how you can have so many different views on one subject but everything ties into each other. Its really a great reflection. Love it.
A follower copies what they see and hear. That is not a bad thing but they function without understanding and will have trouble communicating it to others. A student is one who is coming to an understanding of what they are doing. Not only will they be able to follow but they will be able to do more than copy. They can teach others
Thanks Sam for sharing. Hope to see o you at the Iron Sharpening Iron meeting in a couple of weeks! Blessings – Keith
Great thoughts! Think it will preach! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you sir 🙂