About 15 years ago I was reading a leadership book by John Maxwell and he mentioned the account of of a young man who worked his way up from nothing to become one of the great success stories of our day. The man was OJ Simpson. The book was obviously published before OJ got into trouble with the law. I really used to like OJ prior to his widely publicized criminal activity. Over the years I've seen many role models and examples fall from grace and as a result I've been more hesitant to look up to people as examples for fear of being let down.
In our society few people look up to people like mother Teresa and Gandhi but instead they idolize Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and other celebrities. I know it's easy to bash celebrities who's scandalous lives are regularly featured in the news but I'd rather not do that now. Today in the holiday spirit I'd like to give some props to some positive examples who have inspired me over the years.
One of the coolest stories I have seen involves Dick and Rick Hoyt. Rick has cerebral palsy and he and his father have competed as a team in hundreds of marathons and triathlons over the years. No only do they participate in these events, but they compete with impressive times. They are amazing. If you haven't seen them before I have included a video link here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDnrLv6z-mM
After thinking about it I've realized there are actually many people who's examples we can emulate. They don't have to be famous to be a role model. They are often friends, neighbors and family members. At this time of year I am especially grateful for the the ultimate example of how to live. This role model is free of scandal and is the perfect example. We can follow him without fear of being let down. Thank you Jesus. Merry Christmas.