By KEVIN GREGORY
(Editor's note: After Kevin Gregory won the Rotary Club of Mineral Wells' Four-Way Test speech contest last week, the Index invited him to submit his text for publication. The Mineral Wells High School senior plans to attend Southwestern University, in Georgetown next year and, afterwards, enroll in seminary to become ordained in the United Methodist Church.)
"We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes people arrogant, but love builds people up." (1 Corinthians 8:1 CEB)
Back in September I was at a meeting for the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Council on Youth Ministry, or CCYM for short – we Methodists tend to have a lot of acronyms.
Anyway, during the meeting we were discussing how to live like Jesus, an admirable goal I think. It was our devotional before we got down to business. How do you show love to everyone? How do you be like Jesus?
One of my friends, Dan Coleman, was sitting next to me and, I don't know if he did it to be funny or if he was being serious, but, he just blurted out, “You just do.”
We all sort of laughed and shrugged it off. Jokingly, we dubbed it “The Coleman Doctrine” and went on with the meeting. It was a funny moment, but the more I began to think about it the more I realized how right Dan was. We should just do, just love and the world would be drastically changed.
Tonight we're here to discuss the Rotary Club Four-Way Test – what it means, it's applications. The test states:
Of all the things we think, say or do:
• Is it the truth?
• Is it fair to all concerned?
• Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
• And will it be beneficial to all concerned?