4/16/08

Reaching Higher with Role Models

Mentors and role models help us reach higher in our journey with God. A good choice is the search for worthy role models. Nancy Leigh DeMoss of Revive Our Hearts ministries and Pam Farrel of Seasoned Sisters are high on my list. I also draw from Susan Henson of Princess Pure In Heart, and Kathy Howard, author of Before His Throne. As I review books, I glean from the character and wisdom of authors I’ve never met, including Donna Otto, Nancy Pearcey, Lysa TerKeurst, and Leslie Vernick. (You no doubt have learned from other authors, as I have, and this is not to discount male authors and speakers in any way!)

It’s not just the “famous” who’ve influenced my life. I’ve developed a more gracious spirit because of my husband’s mother, Adele, and my dreams have blossomed under my sister-in-love, Janice. I’ve learned much by rubbing shoulders with Donna, a true prayer warrior; chatting with supportive older women like Sue, Nancy, and Alline; and observing my young, inspiring niece, Jamie. I’ve discovered that many of the women I teach in Tapestry Bible Fellowship have actually taught me. I’ve learned the value of “servanthood with joy” from my friend, Gail. I’ve understood endurance and prayerful dependence on God as I’ve watched my mother, Patricia, deal with the hard blows of life. I've seen hope-in-action in my sister Pam's life.

When I prayed for wisdom as a child, I also prayed for a teachable spirit, saying, “God, show me how to live.” I believe that God is answering that prayer in two ways. He has given me many worthy examples of women who are following hard after God. He has also given me the ultimate role model in His Word (His son, Jesus). The apostle Paul understood the value of role modeling. He wrote, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things…” (Philippians 4:9, ESV).

Choose your mentors and role models carefully. They will greatly influence your life.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am humbled by being included as a "role model," Thank you, Lord! And thank you. Dawn.

The gift of role models within the Body of Christ, at any stage of life, is one of God's extra blessings because He knows what we need. As we look, seek wise counsel, and listen with an open heart, we just may hear His voice. That leads to wise choices.

And now, Dawn, you are that role model to others through your writing and speaking. May God continue to bless your ministry.

Love, M. Dub