Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. Titus 1:8
May it be ~ that those who are characterized by today’s attributes would be the ones leading the flock to wholeness. Each descriptive infuses a breath of fresh air into my spiritual lungs. Think about them with me ~
Hospitable ~ How many times have you rung a doorbell and been greeted by a man who exuded sincere hospitality. Comments like these followed. “Come in out of the cold and make yourself at home.” “We’ve waited a long time for this day. We’re so excited you’re here.” Often, these are the kinds of things expressed by the lady of the house, not the man. Oh, but when it happens, it’s easy to dream of moving in for a while. So different than being greeted by a stoic.
Loves what is good ~ His stories reveal that he loves to think about what is good rather than what is bad. As you listen, you are not on edge about what’s coming next. He seeks to find the good in others, the ways God is at work through people. He does not delight to point out flaws, but strengths.
Self-controlled ~ In a contentious meeting, he keeps his cool and mediates. When offended, he works through his hurt privately and then forgives. When frustrated, he has the skills to work it out without hurting others. His life is not characterized by indulgences, but balance.
Upright ~ He has a reputation for sincerely doing what is right without fanfare. When he walks into a stressful situation, people feel better because ‘he’ just walked in. He brings security and a sense of relief. When emergencies arise, he is one of the first people you think of to call. He epitomizes a place where you feel safe ~ just like with Jesus.
Holy ~ He knows he’s a sinner saved by grace. There is no need to present himself as perfect. He is well aware that he is not, also knows his specific Achille’s heels, and is actively working with God for victory.
Disciplined ~ He’s dependable. If he makes a commitment, he will keep it. Once carved into his schedule, he will see it through. He is this way about every area of his life. He gives his attention to what God says is important. If this is your father, or grandfather, how blessed you are.
I’m so blessed to have so many men come to mind. Thank you. Amen