Those of you who know me, know that I am a big fan of modeling. Not fashion models… think role models. People you can look up to or look to and think, “that is how it is done.” People who teach you with their lives along with their words.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting people on pedestals… we are all human. However, there are many people I look to and I want to be like in some regard. There is something in their life worthy of emulation. Men or women of character… Dad’s, mom’s, coaches, pastors, teachers, friends, etc… They live their lives in such a way as to make you want to be like them. Not because they are cool, but because they do it well. Its not arrogance that fuels them, it is an authentic reality of the way they love God and people.
Think of it as leading for imitation (not to be confused with leading by intimidation). I’m pretty sure its a biblical example (2 Thess. 3:7-9, Heb. 13:7). It is a great way to learn. Its a great way to teach. This is one of the reasons Avia and I enjoy having people in our home. Its one of the reasons we have sought out older couples to mentor us in our marriage.
Perhaps the best role model I have ever had is my Grandfather. His name is Gerald Washburn. Last night I was reading in his footsteps and looking at the Gideon New Testament and Psalms that was issued to him while he was in the service. It shook my world as I chased him through the scripture.
I learned that he trusted Christ on his 30th Birthday in April of 1942 (It kind of stuck out to me because I will be 30 this April). He married my grandmother just under a year later and they read a passage in Matthew on their honey moon. If you turn to Romans 3:23 in that Bible you will find directions leading you through the Romans Road. (Like a Bible Scavenger hunt.)
I used to love to see my grandfather with my grandmother. He had a passion for her. He loved her. He enjoyed protecting her (even from hot headed grandsons who didn’t always honor her). He enjoyed having her by his side. They intentionally planned some things so they could work together.
He loved me. He prayed for me. He gave me a new Bible on my 8th birthday. He had written several scripture references in the front and marked them in my Bible. You know out of all the birthday and Christmas presents I ever received as a I child.. its the one I still have (at the time I didn’t think much of it).
He gave me so much; the best thing he ever gave me was a model of a Godly man.
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- Who do you imitate?
- Who speaks into your life by their actions?
- Who is imitating you?