Today I will
Today I will:
Be useful – I am a Servant
Live with purpose – I am a Warrior
Discover new lands – I am an Explorer
Create joyfully – I am a Craftsman
Challenge intentionally – I am a Scholar
Be an inspiration – I am a Leader
Go forth – I am a Disciple
Men, you were born for a purpose. Today you must honor that and choose to live on purpose. At Junto Tribe, we use the above creed as a code of conduct to help us remember who we are as men and keep us from falling into complacency. We use it as a daily reminder to fight the good fight, inspire us to train, grow and develop, and to use our skills for the benefit of the world around us.
Please allow me to explain:
Today I will – This is our call to action – it’s our “going forth into the world” statement.
I am a Servant
Be useful – I am a Servant – We were born for a special purpose. Every last one of us! We all have a unique skill set made up of our strengths, resources, talents, passions and gifts. These gifts were given to us by our Creator to use and serve the world around us. There are people out there that need us, those that will find strength through us, those that can learn from us, and those who need our helping hand. Jesus has asked us to take on the heart of a servant. We are to give of ourselves unselfishly.
“The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
Live with purpose
I am a Warrior
Many believe the concept of a man as a warrior is an outdated, old belief that only knuckle-draggers still hold close to their hearts. Men, whether we want to believe it or not, spiritual warfare is real and the enemy is looking to devour and destroy. We are human and therefore we are part of the fight. By nature, we are protectors and defenders and we don’t always have to pick up a sword and shield to defend.
We are warriors at home and have the responsibility to protect our family. There are plenty of things in this fallen world that are out to do harm to our families. Whether it is physical, mental, or spiritual, our families are under attack, and we must stand and defend them, and that takes work, attention to detail, bravery, strength and endurance. We are warriors in the workplace. We have been given a mission to defend and advance the company or establishment we work for. We are there to make it better than it was before we arrived and drive hard towards mission success. Fight with integrity, morals, passion and strength. Do the right things. Do the work.
We are warriors in our community. We must make a stand and fight for what’s good and right in the society around us. There are people that need help. There are causes that need our leadership. There are problems that need to be solved, and it is within your power to inspire change.
“I do not love the bright sword for it’s sharpness, nor the arrow for it’s swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
Discover new lands
I am an Explorer
What happened to the men of old? The ones that would get up off their rocking chairs, dust off their backpacks, put on their walking boots and go out and explore? God gave us hearts, minds, and bodies that crave exploration. Our Creator wants to invite us into the adventure that is the life He originally designed for us. Men, we love to search for new lands, new horizons, cross the oceans, and climb the tallest peaks. We search, question, inquire, and experiment because we were made to do so. We must go forth into the world and explore! Find adventure! Get dirt on your jeans! Get wet in the rivers and oceans! Discover!
“Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”
I am a Craftsman
With the advancement of technology, our computer and phone have sadly replaced our hammer and chisel. The ringing of hammer on anvil has been replaced by the tic-tac-tic of our computer keys. Yet, the fact is, we are men, and we were born to create. What happened to the little boy who loved to create for the simple process of…CREATING? What are our motives for the work we do? Is it to get to the next big payday? Is it for the next big promotion? Is it to show all others that we’re more talented, smarter or better than the next guy? Is it to climb to greatness and use co-workers and friends and family as the rungs we step on as we climb the ladder of success? Or do we do our job for the simple act of using our talents to create? Do we put our best efforts forth to accomplish a masterpiece for others to enjoy or are we doing it to get more for ourselves?
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
I am a Scholar
We once had a drive and passion to learn, grow, touch, feel, smell, taste and hear. We did this because we had an insatiable curiosity of the world around us. We wanted to find out more. We sought after knowledge because we had an innate desire given to us by God to know and understand. We once wanted to see what this world had to offer and not miss it.
How much time do we spend sitting down and learning from someone that has more experience and depth than us? When was the last time we sat in silence and took time to think and contemplate the ways of the world? When did we begin to allow movie stars the job of teaching us how to live our lives? When did we stop listening to great minds like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien? When did the words spoken by the Man from Galilee become boring, outdated fairy tales? And when did politicians become messiahs, philosophers and kings?
“The more that you read, the more things that you’ll know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Be an inspiration
I am a Leader
Some of us feel comfortable being a leader and some don’t, but the truth is, we all must lead in some way or fashion. Whether it is at home, at work, or in the community, we are men and we must lead. Every one of us has leadership qualities inside us, and it is important that we hone them and work on them at every opportunity. There are people in this world that look to you for leadership and direction. Go out and help others achieve their goals and start a force multiplier by creating more leaders. No, it’s not easy. But people need you. Stand up and lead.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
-John Quincy Adams
I am a Disciple
If you have accepted Jesus into your life, you must understand that you are a disciple of His and that there are responsibilities of great importance that come with that. Being a follower of Jesus is not just an insurance policy or a way to make all our problems go away. It’s about doing the world’s most important work. We are not just followers – we are also teachers. Jesus asks us to “go into the world.” We must go into the world and share this great news of redemption, hope and love. We must share the true reason every human being has been given life. As James states in James 2:17: “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” We must strive to learn all we can from our Creator about the true meaning of life, and we must then pay that forward with the goal of developing champions in the faith.
Go! Make a difference. Speak of the love of Jesus. Heal the sick. Reach out to the poor in spirit. Go forward. The work is demanding and the workers are few. But we have been given an amazing gift, and this gift must be shared. It’s a gift of love, mercy and grace. It has been given to you through the Holy Spirit. Yes, learn, worship, sing and dance. But go! Take it to the world. Go! It is your duty as a disciple of Jesus. Spread the truth and make disciples of all nations.
“We have suffered from the preaching of cheap grace. Grace is free, but it is not cheap. People will take anything that is free, but they are not interested in discipleship. They will take Christ as Savior but not as Lord.”