We continue the conversation with Charles Simpson as he talks about certain principles that he lives by and what he would tell his younger self. You can find out more on our previous conversations on the VFN Torch HERE.
Greg asks Charles if he could tell his 18-year-old self anything, what would it be? “If it wasn’t for naivety there wouldn’t be any obedience. I think that naivety is good because then you must learn from God. Unfortunately, sometimes the hard way.” He says that he would say to walk humbly and trust Holy Spirit. Also, to not let his circumstances sway him from his calling.
Charles says that he is thankful that he was taught principles, which he defines principles as something that transcends the circumstance. For example, it is like gravity. He lives by three principles; the first principle is a Proverbs.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
His second principle is to be faithful.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” Matthew 25:23
His third principle is sow so you can reap.
“A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7b
To sum up, these three principles, keep your heart, be faithful and sow so you can reap.
The next question, Charles answers what it means to walk in humility at a younger age. “Humility is revealed in the ability to esteem others. That is why self-esteem is dangerous…humility is expressed in teachableness, coachableness. Being taught is not sitting in a meeting listening to a teacher. Being taught is when the Word is engrafted into your behavior.” He continues to say that you will find out if you are humble or not when “you are confronted, rebuked, you’re advised, you’re told what to do. When you are given a menial job, you don’t like.” That is how you can tell the difference between a servant and a son by how the person responds to correction. “The issue really is being coachable.” He says he is concerned because many of this generation’s youth is growing up without knowing how to be coached. “If you don’t learn it from somebody else’s mistakes you learn it from your own.” We hope that those that choose to find out on their own what not to do that they don’t learn it too late.
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