It appears the term Public Figure has been morphed into something that it was never intended to be. A Public Figure in US Law is defined as a person such as a politician, celebrity or business leader who has a certain social position within a certain scope and a significant influence and is so often widely concerned by the public, can benefit enormously from society, and is closely related to public interests in society.
I've been watching the highs and lows and the pros and cons of people who are legitimately considered Public Figures. It is noted that anytime you are in a position or possess a title where dealing with the public is a non-negotiable, that person has unintentionally opened themselves up to supporters and nonsupporters. One will experience both positive and negative criticism. I have been watching those Public Figures of whom I admire and respect to see how they appropriately respond, if at all to both. How do you gracefully drown out the noise? I asked Chef in hopes he could offer some insight. For those of you that really know him, not just know of him, you know how that went. In paraphrasing what he said, "Excuse me, I'm looking for my give a care..I can't seem to find it?" That was no help, but it was funny.
If The Lord has ever given you a vision and a mission concerning matters of society or dealing with social issues and you move forward with that vision or mission, you have joined the ranks of a Public Figure even if you don't consider yourself one. Why? Because you are on a platform of influence. Jesus and the Twelve Apostles' Vision and Mission was to convert Followers to Christ. Followers is not a new concept reserved for Social Media. The idea of gaining the most Followers started back in the Bible with just one "tweet" which stated, "Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at hand." #Jesus #Disciples #FishersOfMen #EternalLife
Malcolm X stated, "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." Then there's, "Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything." And, "When you stand for nothing, you fall for everything." The common denominator in case you missed it, is standing. A Public Figure takes a stand on their Vision and Mission without wavering while being subjected to both positive and negative criticism from their Followers.
In my devotional time, it dawned on me that Jesus Christ is the most influential Public Figure ever known to man. All of us can learn valuable lessons from Jesus Christ and the seamless way He managed "crowd control" of His Followers while on His Mission to save the world from their sins. He knew the crowd contained supporters and non supporters. Why someone would be a Follower of someone or something they hate, I don't understand? But we see it daily through radio, television and social media platforms.
I was directed to the Book of Proverbs 16: 1-33 KJV where the Bible talks about "Wisdom Is Better Than Gold." This chapter clearly outlines 9 essential characteristics of a Godly Leader: (1) A Godly Leader seeks direction from God. - Proverbs 16:1
(2) A Godly Leader is not arrogant, but modest. - Proverbs 16:5
(3) A Godly Leader is a peacemaker. - Proverbs 16:7
(4) A Godly Leader is fair and just. - Proverbs 16:8
(5) A Godly Leader surrounds himself or herself with honest, trustworthy counselors...and then listens to them. - Proverbs 16:13 & Proverbs 15:22
(6) A Godly Leader is a good learner. - Proverbs 16:16
(7) A Godly Leader is humble. - Proverbs 16:18-19
(8) A Godly Leader is sensible and kind. - Proverbs 16:22-23
(9) A Godly Leader is slow to anger. - Proverbs 16:24 & Proverbs 16:27
I thought about Jesus, who came down from Heaven as The Greatest Example of Leadership, A Public Figure born of a Virgin whose name was Mary, in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, a Carpenter's Son. Then I thought about the many Men and Women of God of whom are Public Figures or are in Leadership Roles who display these characteristics in their leadership dealings on a daily basis. To watch them in their gifting is truly an honor and a privilege. It is Mentorship as it's very best. To all of those Public Figures who are aligned with these 9 characteristics, we pray God's continued blessings over your life. We pray that God gives you the strength needed to complete your assignment. Why? Because there are people waiting on YOU...the ones (souls) that the Lord has assigned to YOU...waiting on YOU to fulfill your Destiny.
The Chef and The Ref, as we are more affectionately called, are just two individuals who God joined together in the Spirit and then in the Natural to walk through the challenges of life together. We have been married for 27 years and have four amazing children. We get many calls, text and emails asking us questions about a variety of topics as it relates to marriage. This blog was inspired by the Holy Spirit and an answer to the growing demand of couples who inquire about our experiences in marriage as it relates to their own. We do not make any claims of being anything more than two sinners, saved by grace who wanted to give couples an opportunity to have safe conversations that will make their marriage stronger. The Chef and The Ref are both licensed and ordained Ministers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ who wanted to create a safe platform for married couples to converse about a variety of topics.