When I was in college I worked at Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Missouri. I had the privilege of growing up under and later working for and watching the Director, Joe White lead, teach, discipline, and personally love hundreds of kids, young college men and women. I recall clearly the image of Joe with his hands on a young man's shoulders with squinted eyes, chewing on his lower lip, and looking him square in the eye balls. Joe intently listened and instructed with authority and a deep love. Joe has an unbelievable ministry that impacts millions of people around the world. It has never been about lifting up Joe White, but about Joe earnestly seeking to model and reflect the love of Jesus to others.
There are many characteristics of Jesus, Joe White, and the many people that you know that we can model. As I consider the many qualities of Jesus that attracted men, women and children, two qualities stick out that permeated everything about him. He spoke absolute Truth. In the words of Truth the spirit of genuine love poured forth to all that heard. In Matthew 5:13-14 we are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. How can we, as individuals, model those characteristics of Jesus so that others recognize a genuine and attractive difference in our lives and realize it is the Truth and Love of Jesus that is attractive.