Part 2: How to be a Good Role Model
Written by Ginger
If you didn’t read last week’s post, I encourage you to go back and read it here. We learned that we will all have role models and how to choose good role models to follow.
Common sense will prove that if we’re following people, there will also be people following us.
This time of year, hockey games are a big thing in our community. Generally, prior to the hockey game, the younger boys will play their own game. I couldn’t help but notice how much they copied the older hockey players. Down to the cheering and fist-bumps, it was obvious they had been watching the adult men, and wanted to play like them. There are younger people watching you and me. How can we lead them correctly and be a good example?
Deuteronomy 31:7-8 tells about when Moses gave Joshua the responsibility of leading the children of Israel. It says, “And Moses called unto Joshua, and he said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people into the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers, to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
This is a little different situation than most of our lives, but the point I want to bring out is that we don’t have to fear people following our lives. If we are following the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, we can confidently leave an example for other people to follow.
Read your Bible daily to see and learn how God wants you to live and then put that to practice. We are going to makes mistakes; it’s inevitable, but learn from them and also learn to get back up and keep going. This will be a huge example.
When I was seven or so, the girls ten years older that me were definitely my models. I wanted to be just like them. Now I am in their stage of life, there are little girls watching me, wanting to be like me. I often think of ways these older girls made such an impression on me. They played with me, even if dolls aren’t all that exciting for teenage girls. Many times they took time to notice me and talk to me. Do the same thing for children in your life. Make them feel “big” and important. This will leave an impression on them and they will not only want to be with you, they will also learn to want the passion you have for Jesus. Live your life so that your love for Jesus is obvious to them.
Lee Wilcox said, “Every one of us is an inspiration to someone. For it is true, it’s not what we take but what we leave behind. So always remember someone is looking up to you.”
Live with this in mind, strive to always serve the Lord more, and you will automatically lead people to live for the Lord as well.