In his book, Integrity, Henry Cloud reminds us that every leader leaves behind a kind of wake, just like a boat leaves a wake as it moves through the water. The question is what kind of wake, or legacy, are we creating day by day. Cloud asks of those people whom we lead, “Would people say their experiences with us have left them better off for our having ‘moved through their lives,’ or would they say that it has left them worse off?

So the question is – are we becoming more like Jesus in how we respond to others, in how we lead others? Would people characterize us by words like love, kindness, joy, honesty, wisdom, and self-control? Remember that we are all influencers, sometimes not realizing the impact our words and actions may have on those who follow behind us. Think about the wake you are leaving behind.

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