Have you ever had someone in your life that so impacted you and impressed you that you would say something like “I want to be like _____ when I grow up.” You would even say this in your 30’s and 40’s? I remember a man like that, Mr. Al Benton, Jr. A tall lanky man, filled with a love for Christ, filled with optimism, and always excited about the future and excited about right now. In his 70’s and 80’s he was younger than many I knew that were in their 20’s and 30’s. He was always encouraging, teaching, helping and, yes, even rebuking when needed. He was the type man that in meetings when he started talking everyone else instantly quit talking in order to hear what he had to say. I still want to be like Mr. Al when I grow up.
In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he makes the following statement, “I urge you, then, be imitators of me.” (1 Cor. 4:16) Are you able to say that to others? As you lead the people that God has entrusted to you, can you say to them, “do as I do”? Are you leading a life that is worthy of imitation? If not, why not?
Take some time to examine your life and to determine what is worthy of imitation by others and what is not. Then begin to do something about those areas of your life that are not worthy of imitation, because people are watching you for an example of how to live and you want it to be the right example.
Blessings on you today,