What does it mean to be a good role model? I guess it depends on what types of role models you had growing up, what values they portrayed that stood out to you most. For many people, a good role model is someone who does a lot of good in their life, being an encouraging person, bringing out the best in people, having the basic street smarts and is fairly good at giving advice. Sometimes it's hard to find a role model who encompasses all or even the majority of these traits, but we strive to find them nonetheless. We not only try to seek the ideal role model, but to be the role model for others in our lives, especially as we get older and really start a life for ourselves. When looking for that role model, who better to look to than Christ, one who guides us on the right path, sacrifices for us out of love and wants for nothing but to help us find God and be disciples of love in all we do. If you haven't found your ideal role model yet, and even if you have, you should definitely look more at trying to be like Christ in your life.
Today's Reading states:'He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right, and speaks truth from his heart; who does not slander with his tongue, and does no evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbour; in whose eyes a reprobate is despised, but who honours those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest, and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved' (Psalms 15:2-5).
Today's reading talks about how we need to do what is right and speak Gods truth in our lives. One of the first key steps for being true devoted disciples is to show that we are, in our words and in our actions. You want to grow to be someone others will look up to because of the way you love and the good works you do. It's a challenge and not ever and easy one. One of my favourite worship songs, 'step by step', talks about how we will be lead by God, following His example of what it means to love. That's the best we can do, to keep striving to be people who love and to model Jesus' love for the world. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you be a role model for His love.
Today we pray:
Thank You for guiding me and showing me the importance of being a person of love. Help me to follow by Your example and be a good role model for others.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.