• Heidi J. Smith

Who is Your Hero?

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Standing on our tiptoes in our pink high heels, my sister and I peered into the mirror and carefully applied pink lipstick. We giggled and twirled in our long flower dresses. We loved dressing up in our mom's clothes!

As I little girl, I dreamed of being like her and tried to mimic her. Now that I am older and my mom has past, I am thankful for her godly influence in my life. She was one of my heroes.

Who are your heroes?

Our culture exalts athletes, celebrities, and millionaires. As we scan social media and see airbrushed pictures, we crave their glittery lives and try to copy them.

Yet what makes them tick? Why do we desire them? Are we more attracted to the EXTERNAL appearance rather than the INTERNAL character?

The Bible values servants with hearts for God. People living by faith but longing for eternity. People serving and suffering but enduring. Ordinary men and women living for Christ.

Since the apostle Paul lived for Christ, he encouraged people to follow him.

"Therefore I urge you to imitate me." I Corinthians 4:16 NIV

"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV

Could I say this? Am I living my life in such a way that Christ is glorified?

Sometimes this lifestyle seems unattainable. Only super humans and Bible characters act this way, but God's Word promises that we have everything we need for a life of godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

The foundation of imitating Christ is DESIRING HIM more than anything else. This passion fuels Bible reading and prayer to develop a deeper relationship with Him. Then as we LEARN the truth, we LIVE it (2 Peter 1:4-5).

Does this mean we have to be perfect? No, we will struggle because applying God's Word requires determination to daily die to ourselves and live for Christ (Galatians 2:20).

Do you know people like this? If so, are we choosing them as our role models? Just as my mom emulated Christ for her family and others, may we imitate Christ.

Lord, thank you for those who have modeled Christ before me. Please help me to live my life in such way that imitates you.

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