If you would have asked me when I was a very young child who my role model was, I might have said Superman or Luke Skywalker or someone like that. Who wouldn’t want to be the Man of Steel or a Jedi knight? If you would have asked me the same question when I was in my teen years, I might have said someone like Michael Jordan or Frank Thomas. I had visions of playing small forward for the Bulls or pitching for the White Sox one day…we all know how that worked out for me.
As an adult, I’m not sure who my earthly role model is. The older I get, the fewer “famous people” that I can find that I look up to or truly admire. I guess as I sit here and think about it, I like what I see from a local favorite, Chance the Rapper, who is doing so many great things for inner city kids of Chicago. When you are a kid yourself, you look up to someone famous because you also want to maybe be rich and famous and have all of the fancy things that a celebrity has. As an adult, I am looking for someone who has a different skill set. I want someone who is compassionate, empathetic, trustworthy, and willing to put their own ego aside for the sake of others.
But maybe sometimes we look for these people in the wrong places. I’m sure there are plenty of “famous people” who fit the bill that I like in a role model that just don’t get the same amount of attention in the media as those who behave in a manner that is less than desirable. We can find people who have my sought after qualities just in everyday people at First Pres Church, and throughout the Joliet area. We have an amazing church family at First Pres who serve freely and willingly, who put others before themselves time and time again for the sake of Christ. For the sake of making their small slice of the world a better place. I want to be one of those people.
Like Paul. Here is a man who went from overseeing the execution and imprisonment of early Christian to being a leader of the church. I find Paul as a role model in my life, because if Jesus still accepted him into his ministry after the previous life he lived, there is still hope for me as well. I fall short time and time again, yet I know that I can find hope in Jesus, just as Paul did. I hope that one day I can be more like Paul, living more of a Christlike life.
I pray that as we see out the remaining days of the advent season, and the coming celebration of the birth of our savior, that we remember what is most important. The perfect gift for our loved ones, a specially prepared dinner, time with family are all great things. But let’s not forget what we are really celebrating…life in Christ.