For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you - John 13:15 ESV
This week we had some really inclement weather here in northern Kentucky. One morning, the storms in the area were really nasty. The tornado sirens went off and the buses had to pull over and the occupants needed to take cover.
School eventually was cancelled to my sons delight. Now they had a free day to do whatever they pleased.
My wife and I did not have that luxury. She was in the office working (she gets to work from home) and I was getting started with my day. Abbey then calls me into the office to voice some frustration that she is having in regard to work.
I listened patiently to her as she talked about the item that had her frustrated. After she finished, I left the office and noticed that my youngest son Connor was eating breakfast in the kitchen.
He has this look on his face (for those of you that know Connor, he has a number of looks that you have to decipher). I came into the kitchen and asked him what he was thinking.
He looked at me and said that "I was observing how you listened to Mom when she was having problems." I sat down at the table and he continued with "I get to learn from the best and hope that I will do that with my wife."
I was humbled and blown away by his comments. By no means am I writing this post to "puff myself up". I, like a number of people, struggle with slowing down and listening to others because I tend to focus on "my" problems. My brothers, I am posting this to show that you never know who in your sphere of influence is watching your actions.
We always have the opportunity to influence those around us either in a positive or negative fashion. Connor provided a reminder to me that my behavior is always on display for others to observe. As one that follows Christ, we are called to be a light in the world.
We are to let that light shine to those that may not believe and assist them in coming out of the darkness. We do that by following the example that the scripture above is referencing. Christ has provided the blueprint that we can follow.
So resolve to teach by example. Fix your eyes on Jesus who is the ultimate role model.
I would love to hear your feedback on being a role model. Please comment below.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.