Every now and again we step out of our comfort zone to make a point, make an impression, challenge ourselves, challenge others, to set an example, prove a point, and sometimes to make a difference.
Recently I gave a talk about an unlikely role model who had something to teach the church. Some of you were wondering why I choose to do it from the pulpit. Well I did it for a lot of reasons many of them mentioned above. However, upon reflection I’m realizing that the view from the pulpit is second to none and from where I stood the vista was amazing. There before me were the faces of role models – some obvious, well at least to me, some unlikely, some auditioning, and some completely unaware of their status. There were even a few in search of a role model and a few whose eyes reflected their strong desire to want to make a difference and be a role model themselves. My guess is that they already are and simply don’t realize it. To you I say: “it’s time – come out of the closet.”
Role models are important. They help us to become the person we want to be and inspire us to make a difference. Choosing wisely means that you are influenced correctly and will help you to be the best person you can be. To be like someone, you have to work hard.
LeBron James was asked to comment on what it takes to be a good role model. Here’s what he had to say: “Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?