Every Sunday morning I get up early before the boys and Ashley get up and I head off to church. I usually arrive by 8:00am because the staff meets at 8:15am for prayer before our 8:30am service. I also get there early to get the youth room and the youth band ready for Sunday School. Today was no different. I got up early and put on my new sport coat that I got from the Ellis’ for Christmas and headed out the door for Morningside.
About ten minutes into our youth band warm up I turned around to see Anderson coming in the youth room door wearing his new sport coat with a big smile on his face. He was so proud. He had a coat “like daddy,” a shirt “like daddy,” pants “like daddy,” and shoes “like daddy.” I loved it. Ashley says he was so excited when he was getting dressed because he wanted to be like me. So, we took a picture to forever remember the moment. (If you click on the photo it will enlarge so you can see it better.)
It seems really simple. Anderson wears clothes to look like me — ok, but what about the inside? What about my heart? When he’s 10 or 15, or 20 years old will he want to be like me too? And will the “me” that he wants to be like, be pointing to our Heavenly Father? Like the popular song by 4Him says, “I want to be just like Jesus, because Anderson and Ellis want to be like me.”
Each of us, adults and teenagers alike, have people who look up to us – people who watch us. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are setting an example for someone. Are we leading them by our actions closer to God or further away? I mess up a whole lot, but I serve an awesome and gracious Savior and that’s who I want the people who look up to me to see.