Role Models

July 26, 2017
by Rosemary Hagedorn

The dictionary defines a role model as a person looked up to by others as an example to be imitated.

There are role models everywhere. Some portray an example of good and some of evil. We look to movie stars, entertainers, famous people, our mothers and fathers, caregivers, and people who bring about much needed changes in this world, as those we could imitate.

Martin Luther King Jr. stated, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

Although we may not approve of every action of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he does hold some high ideals. On November 26, 2015, he stated, "The future is never certain. It depends on the choices we make today. Compassion, acceptance, and trust; diversity and inclusion — these are the things that have made Canada strong and free. Not just in principle, but in practice. Let us not close our hearts to those in need, or our minds to the knowledge that better is always possible."

In a world that portrays a hunger for peace, let us be bringers of peace. Where people are starving, let us share our abundance. Where there is no fresh water, may we who are knowledgeable set up wells. Where there is sickness and no medicine, let us who are doctors and nurses sacrifice our time to bring relief and healing.

The apostle Paul was very conscious of being a role model:

Philippians 3:17 – Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. (NASB)

Of course, our highest role model is Jesus. We can always ask ourselves, "What would Jesus do?"

John 13:15 – For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. (NRSV)

1 Peter 2:21 – For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. (NRSV)

As Christians, we are role models as well. Other people are always watching how we act and what we say. To them, we exemplify Christ's life on earth.

John 15:16 – You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you. (NASB)

Prayer: O Lord our God, equip us to do Your service on earth. Grant us the wisdom and desire to help our brothers and sisters where there is a need. Instill in us a spark that will ignite a fire to bring peace, reconciliation, and relief into this world that we call our home. May Your kingdom arise within each and every one of us. Amen.

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Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Rosemary.


    May it be so Rosemary.


    Awesome devotional today!


    Amen and Amen, Rosemary. May we always follow Christ’s example. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.


    Thank you. Rosemary, for your challenging Devotional.
    Every Blessing on your day.


    Blessings to you this morning, Rosemary. And may we both do what we can today to “exemplify Christ’s life on earth”.


    Yah, too bad he didn’t acknowledge where those values came from. Who of us can say, with Paul: be imitators of me as I am of Christ. Wow.


    Thanks for that inspirational Devotional, Rosemary.
    Blessings,
    (Ontario)


    Well said Rosemary. Each week at our church service we sing “Go now in Peace” and it goes straight to my heart. I pray for peace each day. The world seems to be going more and more in the other direction. We must continue to live and teach others the message.


    Hello Rosy:
    Nice try but the Bible also says do not go into debt.
    Justin’s father bankrupted Canada.
    Justin will do the same.
    It’s easy to give away things as long as you can borrow.


    If we stop giving, our blessings will disappear — a spiritual law that applies to countries as well as individuals.


    I we stop giving our blessings will disappear. A spiritual law that applies to countries as well as individuals.

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