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Role model delimma

May 20, 2015

I listened as the children at my church dramatically re-enacted their encounter with the school bully, or with star struck eyes shared their liking of a boy or girl at school, and effortlessly recited the original poem that left me inspired, witnessing the incredible creative ability of the upcoming generation.  Eventually our vibrant conversation would dwindle down and we’d end our night with an exchange of hugs. About to gather my personal belongings, I’d hear, “Hey Joanne, can you come to my community award ceremony this Friday? My mom said I could ask you. I know you’re busy all the time but I really want you to come!” With a pleasant smile, disregarding any plans I could have had, I said yes.  “Yes!!!! She’s coming!” she yelled, and ran back down the hall in complete bliss.

Role Model Misconception
You do not have to be famous, on television or making millions of dollars to be considered eligible as someone’s role model. You just need to be a person another individual respects, admires, loves, and looks up to, and genuinely care enough to be there to lend a helping hand.

The bible says in Matthew 5: 16

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Who is leading our future generation?
Thousands of young people fill their bedroom walls with posters of celebrities, pop stars and world leaders; people who likely don’t even know that they exist. Yet our young people still idolize them, and with much effort passionately try to emulate their secular role model image.

No Title Necessary
However, the most practical, efficient and effective role models are the ones you can see and call on at any time. People like you! The one who answers the phone in crisis, who comforts, teaches and celebrates all achievements whether big or small.

Do not wait for something special to get active in your church. No one is perfect, therefore no role model will be! Do the work of God, care enough to reach out to a young person in your church or community, and help shape their identity in reflection with Christ. Take the time to care.

Someone is always watching you. Let your light shine for Jesus, go out and be the example.

Written By: Joanne Taylor