Posts Tagged ‘role model’

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In fact, it was your enthusiasm that stirred up many of the Macedonian believers!” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭2‬ NLT)

As a teenager, I watched as my Youth Pastor challenged our youth group to read the whole Bible in a year, only to see scores of adults rise up to the challenge due to the example of the teens. I have watched people give to missions in response to watching a child give what little money they had as a sacrifice. I even met a man that accepted Jesus into his life after watching me, a kid at the time, portray Jesus in a skit, wanting that same compassion that he saw in our drama! Crazy stuff!

The truth is, people do watch Christians to see if we live like we say we believe. Even random acts of kindness can be contagious! By giving hope and making grace beautiful, people are provided an example to follow and will do likewise!

In a day where we are worried about copycat killers or crimes being committed because of negative examples out of the media, wouldn’t it be great to be a part of something wonderful being passed on?! Take time this week, a time for thankfulness, and give simple compliments, gestures of politeness, or even paying forward at a drive-thru fast food line. Know that with faithful living being played out for all to see, it will eventually cause emulation, making others to desire to follow your lead! You are loved today! Start a beautiful trend!

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I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.'” (‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭15‬ NLT)

Robert Griffin III, also known as RGIII, is quite the role model, especially to military kids. Before winning the Heisman trophy at Baylor University and becoming the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Robert was an Army brat: Mom served for 12 years while Dad served for 21 and fought in two conflicts. During moves all over the world, Robert learned discipline, strength, and football. His ability to overcome obstacles to a good life has inspired many other military kids.

The Christ Life is about following the paths that Jesus laid out for us. By encountering great triumphs, horrible setbacks, closeness with the Father, and abandonment of His friends, we learn a lot, both how to react and how to press on. As Jesus blazed the trail, He left behind a way of living that requires focused discipline but leads to amazing blessings!

No matter where you’re at or what you’ve already been through, there is always an onramp to the Christ Life path. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. And if it were wrong, it wouldn’t have lasted this long! Find your way, like RGIII, past the obstacles of life towards a better way. You are loved today!

The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give.” (Proverbs 15:7 NLT)

Last night, our church heard the powerful testimony of a young man named Justin, who shared how God lead him out of drug addiction into freedom. He spoke of a lasting regret he has, that there are those who are now addicts because he introduced them to drugs. The hope for the future is that they can see his new life and desire it as well.

We are all agents of influence. Our desire, I’m sure, is to spread around good things. But our visible negatives are also on display for others to see, especially in our own homes. How we influence others, good or bad, will be something we will give an account for one day before God! So it really does matter how we influence others!

As you start your week, take a good inventory about how you act and react publicly. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you areas of opportunity that need to change. Then live desiring to impact others for the good! You are loved today! Make a difference!
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And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NLT)

Donna Gregory, David Johnson, Ken Young, Gary Elrod, Howard Wheeler… These are names that the world will never hear spoken yet the Earth has felt their presence. These are just a few of those that have impacted me over the years. When I encountered moments of question, I would wonder to myself, “What would they do?” I imitated them as they imitated Christ.

The Christ Life is all about walking the path that Jesus did, becoming a person of the same caliber of character as Him. We should live to this extent that when people think of Christ, they think of us. To many in this lost world, the only Jesus they’ll see portrayed in life is you. How well have you been modeling Jesus to those that need Him most?

As you begin your weekend, remember that the Christ Life isn’t about good intentions, but faithfulness everyday. Send a note to someone this weekend that has made a spiritual difference in your life and thank them for being a faithful role model. Live the well done life! You are loved today!

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