The Genuine Article – One of the Guys
Key Bible Verse: Don’t call attention to yourself; let others do that for you. – Proverbs 27:2 The Message
I have known Guy for less than two years but liked him immediately. He’s laid back, not a fancy dresser, and shows a real interest in others. He doesn’t talk much about himself, yet knows how to be appropriately transparent and vulnerable. He doesn’t wear his emotions on his sleeve, but comes across as real and genuine.
Eventually I learned that Guy is an attorney who owns one of the most successful law firms in his discipline. No one facing him either professionally or outside the courtroom would mistake him for anything less than a man’s man. He also owns a restaurant and expensive real estate.
Among a group, however, he’s just one of the guys. Guy will be the first to tell you he’s not perfect and be honest about what that means. He doesn’t hide behind false humility; and I marvel at how readily he fits in without pretension.
I’ve learned from others that Guy has been behind some of the most successful ministries in this country, is legendary in his generosity, and gives more that isn’t tax deductible than is acknowledged with receipts.
Active in missions, he wants the backseat support position and views his role as making others successful, not himself. Guy demonstrates that solid success doesn’t need to advertise.
—Jeff Jernigan in The Power of a Loving Man
My Response: I form a favorable opinion of someone when …
Thought to Apply: He who takes his rank lightly raises his own dignity. —Hebrew proverb
Adapted from The Power of a Loving Man (B&H Publishing, 2006)