Modeling: Thinking It Through
- Be genuine. If you're truly a good role model, you'll set the same example with family as you will in public with friends.
- Don't be a people pleaser. It's all too easy to be motivated to set a good example by wanting to impress others. However, other people are human too. They're bound to disappoint. Paul wrote, "For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:10) We should want to set an example, but only for the glory of God.
- Be willing to take the back seat. In John 13:1-20, in the act of washing His disciples' feet, Christ proved that leadership requires servanthood. "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.." (John 13:14) If the Son of God did this, how can we do less?
What role models have impacted your life? How have they done so? What characteristics have defined their leadership?