In life and in business, a positive role model is invaluable to provide needed direction to help smooth out the hills and valleys of our everyday trials and experiences. As I reflect upon my life, I have been blessed by many role models who have positively influenced my life: my parents, a Christian brother who lead me to the Lord, the great missionary surgeon, Dr. John Dreisbach, and my pastors in Colorado and PVBC. All helped to mold me and provide critical direction in my life.
In spite of these godly influences, my life has been anything but a smooth upward trajectory to a closer relationship with God and to become more like Jesus Christ. It was only through the mercy and grace of my Lord, Jesus Christ, that my years of disobedience and backsliding led me back into a relationship with Him. During these years, I sorely lacked a role model that could have assisted me. Specifically I needed a role model who could show me how to deal with situations when I am forced to do something that I do not wish. For so many years, my solution had been to walk away from such problems. Sometimes it was definitely the correct option. But many times, it was unwise and a reflection of my immaturity and fearfulness.
...and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:2
The Apostle Paul took the young preacher, Timothy, under his tutelage. His sage advice to him is found in two pastoral letters in the Bible. Paul was mentoring Timothy with the hope that the lessons that Timothy learned from him, he would teach and pass on to others, who, in turn would teach others as well. And who was Paul’s role model? His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Instead of looking to myself, replete with all my failings, I needed to turn to Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of my faith. He is the only role model that is the embodiment of truth.
Turn to Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. Turn to Jesus Christ as your role model in life.
Love and trust the Lord; keep our family strong.