Mrs. so-and-so gets up early to have quiet time with God every morning.
That guy volunteers at a homeless shelter two evenings a week.
She holds small groups at her house for the young women in church.
He hasn't missed a Sunday service in years.
Not that role models are a bad thing. I have learned a lot of ways to get to know God better through my brothers and sisters in Christ.
But when I am looking for a role model, I don't often look to Jesus, the only perfect person to walk the Earth.
Why do I not look at the guy who loved everyone, even (or especially) his enemies?
Why do I not look at the guy who died so that one day I can fiesta with him and his dad up in heaven?
Why do I not look at the guy who ate with sinners, tax collectors, and lepers?
I'm not sure. I don't know if it's because that seems unrealistic to me. Or maybe it's easier for me to feel like a good Christian by adding an extra bible study in instead of by by loving EVERYONE, including those who seem unlovable.
But this is my declaration to try and live as a Christ-follower instead of a "good Christian". Maybe if we tried to do this, Christians wouldn't get such a bad (and most often rightly deserved) reputation.
Love and Blessings,