As a woman of faith, I'm constantly exploring my relationship with God. Sometimes it's hard to remember what he has called me to do, which is to be a mother, a teacher, and an advocate for Him. How can I set an example for my children if I am lost myself? Leonard Sweet's book, I Am a Follower, spoke to my heart. Sweet promotes the act of followership. He doesn't persuade the reader to follow societal norms or figureheads. Instead, he encourages following the one true leader our world has ever had: Jesus.
Sweet says that we should follow the way of Jesus and “embody his life in us”. He speaks of being a cross-bearer, not a cross-wearer. Meaning that instead of having a display of superficial faith around our necks, we embrace the sacrifice Christ made on the cross and brand our hearts with the weight the cross carries.
In a time when I struggle as a mother to ensure that I am a Godly woman who instills my children with faith, I found this book to be encouraging. Sweet moved me to think about where I stand in relation to Jesus, instead of where I stand to in comparison with others of faith. He reminded me that leading my children to God isn’t just instruction-based, it’s imitation-based. The best way to teach my children and others about God is to draw nearer to Him myself. I must remind myself to open up my heart to being chosen by Jesus to do His will in my live. One major point that I took out of I Am a Follower was to focus on walking with Jesus each day instead of where the journey will take me. All I have to do is follow Him, and I’ve nothing to worry about.
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