“Be more than you seem to be.”
These were words my mentor, Dr. Leroy Lawson, repeatedly impressed upon me. Don’t be about show. Don’t be about image. Be the real deal. Be more than people think you are.
These have proven to be great words to attempt to live by.
In an age when people are all about making a great first impression, this is truly contrarian advice.
These words came to mind because of something that happened this week.
What happened? I had the thrill of getting to hang out with Max Lucado. I have been with Max on various occasions prior to this, but I have never been around him as much as I was this week. If you don’t know who Max is, he is easily one of the most prolific and successful Christian authors of all time. Max has an incredible gift for putting the truth of God into words and images that resonate with people of all ages. To date, Max has written almost 100 books! Almost 100 million of his books have been sold! Both of these achievements are simply astronomical!
If you haven’t read a good book lately, now you know where you might want to look.
In addition to being such a successful author, Max is also a teaching pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. This is a church he pastored for many years before handing the Sr. Pastor position over to Randy Frazee. Only a special kind of man could do this. Max is that special kind of man.
So why am I telling you this? Simply because it is incredibly refreshing to meet someone who proves to be more than they seem to be… and Max sure seems to be a lot!
Truthfully, if ever there was a Christian man who had just cause to be “full of himself” it would be Max. If ever I’ve met a man who was less full of himself, it would be Max.
The words of the Apostle Paul come to mind,
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Romans 12:3
Be more than you seem to be. It’s a truly great way to be.
Who comes to your mind?