Dr. Tim Elmore shares in his book Habitudes® Book #1: The Art of Self-Leadership,
People are either thermometers or thermostats. They will merely reflect the climate around them, or they will set it. Leaders develop values and principles to live by and set the tone for others.
...Most people are like thermometers. They tend to reflect the culture around them. They buy things that other people buy, say things that other people say, wear things that others wear and value things that others value. Oh, there are slight variations. But most people don’t set the “climate” for the world they live in. They just mirror back that climate.
Leaders, on the other hand, are people who decide to take life to the next level. They become thermostats, and set the social climate in which they are placed. For instance, you may know people who set the spiritual temperature of a group. They are excited about life and their work. You may know some who determine the attitudes of others by their presence in the room. They’re pacesetters. They influence, rather merely get influenced by people. My challenge to you is to move from being a thermometer to a thermostat.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
As a further challenge to the students, Pastor Brandon encouraged the students to write down their core values. Growing Leaders® has put together a worksheet to make this a fun family activity. Click here to download.