My family braved the spring snow to attend the graduation of my niece last weekend. Her high school principal emceed the ceremony. That guy knows how to run a graduation. He had us in and out of there in less than an hour without making it feel rushed. I particularly enjoyed his personal advice to the graduates. He said, “Remember to work for a cause, not for applause. Live to express, not to impress. And don’t strive to make your presence noticed. Just make your absence felt.”
Work for a cause, not for applause. That is good advice. Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, said in 1941, “Leave this world a little better than you found it.” He embraced working for a cause. Any applause was likely from him encouraging others. His work passed from one man to another until my scout leader impressed upon me to leave the world better than I found it. It may be as simple as sharing a smile or a kind word or it may require a deep sacrifice, but we need more people who give themselves up for the sake of others.
The best leaders understand this concept. They sacrifice their own liberties and benefits for the sake of their families and communities. They understand life is best lived when it is spent on a cause. Jesus Christ is the epitome of a servant leader. He gave His life for the sake of others. Jesus died for those who did not realize His worth, and He calls out to you today. He knows your sin and brokenness, and He offers a new life to you. There is no rest until you give the burden of your sin to Jesus.
Those of us who know Jesus personally have our cause too. We follow our leader in giving ourselves up for the sake of the lost. Let us love our neighbors and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to anyone who will listen. Let us leave this world better than we found it.
1 Timothy 1:16 – However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first, Jesus Christ might display all His patience, for an example of those who would believe in Him for eternal life.