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Kenneth Cope does a beautiful job singing this song he wrote about the Savior.
Never a Better Hero
By Kenneth Cope
Jesus Christ is the most powerful leader of all time; no matter what you believe about him, it is amazing to see that even after 2,000 years after he lived, the message he asked his disciples to preach to the world is still happening today.
Great conquerors like Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire and Genghis Khan have rose but have now fallen; but 2,000 years after Jesus Christ came to establish his kingdom, it still exists and thrives today all over the world.
There are many leadership lessons we can learn from him, but here are two:
Jesus had great faith and with that faith, he managed to perform all his healing and miracles. On several occasions, he credits the healing to the recipient’s faith. This illustrates to us the power of and the effect it can have on faith in your life. Having a spirit of expectancy sets you up for greater things ahead; and not only that, you lift up the spirits of your team members or families as well. No matter what’s going on in your life, your faith will aid you in overcoming your trials, as well as have your Family and friends put their trust in you as well.
2.Lead by example
Jesus always led by example in everything that he told his disciples to do. Whatever he expected them to do; he always showed them how to do it first. He would perform healing and miracles and eventually we would see the disciples doing the same thing. The best way to lead is by example. In today’s world, many families and friends expect everyone to perform tasks which they themselves are incapable of doing. This destroys their credibility and causes them to lose the respect from their followers. Before you expect your family and friends to keep a standard, ensure that you’re keeping to it yourself first.
I saw a documentary about an artist that paints pictures of the Savior. When he was first married, his first wife and one of his children, died in a car accident. He said because of that accident, he believes he paints with more feelings. This tragedy was turned into a positive blessing in his life, by giving him more compassion. He was able to put more emotion into his art work.
There is a scripture I like that says, “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated And when we obtain any blessings from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”
The way I understand this scripture is that for every law in the universe that we follow, we will be blessed for following that law. For example, if we don’t smoke we have a better chance of not getting lung cancer. If we don’t speed while we are driving, we will be blessed by not getting a speeding ticket.
I believe any idea that teaches good is of God. We can learn valuable truths from many religions. Every time we learn with an open mind we are blessed.
As long as I can remember I have prayed daily. I remember kneeling around our large, round dining table praying before dinner. I have always paid a tithing of 10% ever since I earned my first dime and went on a mission for my church. I have also volunteered for many years with the youth of my church. Most of all, I love the Savior Jesus Christ and try to follow his example.
Now that I have painted this picture of my religious background I am open to all truth. I believe we can learn from the religions of the world.
I remember my son Daniel had an assignment to write about three different religions for his Humanities class. I went with him to a Catholic mass, to the Hari Krishna Temple, and an LDS sacrament meeting. We spent an hour at each place. My son then wrote a paper about his experience. I encourage everyone to do this. If nothing else it will make you appreciate your religion more. Or you will ask yourself questions about what is missing in your life.
I encourage everyone to find the truth that makes you happy. We will never grow spiritually if we close our minds to truth. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Many people are not ready to receive truth. We are all at different stages of learning. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
I remember when I was a missionary I would ask people if they were interested in hearing a message about Jesus Christ.
Many people would say, “I am sorry. I am not interested; I am Catholic, Baptist, or I am already Christian.” I don’t think we should ever apologize for believing what we believe, or belittling anyone for believing what they believe. We are all God’s children and should treat each other with kindness and love.
Humanity all started from one branch, so in reality we all come from the same tree. What I don’t understand is why would a tree cut off one of it’s own branches? We all come from the same source, so we are in reality brothers and sisters of humanity.