We become like those with whom we spend time. The character, attitudes, actions, and beliefs of those we associate with rub off on us. And likewise we must be careful to maintain our character and integrity when we’re with others. We want others to follow our example as we follow Christ’s example.
Godly examples of men and women in our life provide us with a powerful motivation and pattern for pursuing Christ. Especially when we are young, we simply mimic the example of others, often without conscious thought for what we’re doing. We simply do what they do. My friend Rob shared with me some of the men who served as examples in his life.
They assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash but with a relish to run the race to the finish, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to weep.
Each of us has our own unique flaws. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. Life goes easier when we accept people for who they are and look for the good in each person.