There is a tale told of the great English actor Macready. An eminent preacher once said to him: “I wish you would explain to me something.” You are appearing before crowds night after night with fiction, and the crowds come wherever you go. I am preaching the essential and unchangeable truth, and I am not getting any crowd at all.” Macready’s answer was this: “This is quite simple. I can tell you the difference between us. I present my fiction as though it were the truth; you present your truth as though it were fiction.”
Passion and conviction are contagious elements. Its always easier to follow someone who lives as tho they believe what they are saying, but just passionately believing something isn’t enough by itself. There have been many leaders who passionately believed something and have led others to follow. ” Nero and Caligula and Attila and Hitler had the courage of their convictions—but not one of them had the courage to examine and test his convictions, or to change them, which is the true test of character. Convictions aren’t just a set of beliefs, rather they are a set of beliefs that we study, struggle with and prove to be true. Then we truly have something worthy of handing down to the generations who will follow
This Sunday we will look at what it takes to leave a legacy of Conviction as we continue in our current theme. “Legacy”.