Is Your Life Worth Mimicking?
When someone I admire gave up TV for a year, it got me thinking. I’ve never really watched much TV, but I decided to follow his lead. Now I am halfway through a 12-month stint sans any sitcoms, reality shows, or even nightly newscasts. Admiration led to intrigue and intrigue eventually led to action – action that has enriched my life.
That’s a pretty typical progression for me when I encounter someone I respect. I take note of their words and actions and sometimes even try to imitate them.
When it comes to screen time, it would have been easy to choose someone else to mimic. In fact, if I wanted to be on par with a typical American in any given year, I could sit on my couch for 67 days straight and watch TV around the clock (the average Canadian’s annual TV consumption is just a few days shy of that mark).
I’m horrible with mental math, but even I can quickly compute the number of years many North Americans spend in front of a TV. (On second thought, who wants to be average?)
Here’s the thing: habits don’t form themselves. And most of us have people that we look up to, respect, and possibly even emulate. As a counselor – as a mentor of girls – you have a group of young women who readily place you into that category. They look up to you and are taking note of your words and actions.
So, what kind of an example are you setting? Are your attitudes and habits life-enriching? Jesus used His life on earth to set a perfect example for us to follow. Is He your litmus test for everything you say and do? How closely are you following Him?
Girls are bombarded with endless messages from culture about how they should look, how they should act, what they should buy, and who they should be. Is your life a living example that there is another way – a better way? Is your life a living example of the fact that culture’s messages are drastically different than God’s? Are you living a life worth mimicking?
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