“Let no one despise your youth, but be a pattern to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” – – 1 Timothy 4:12
I’m sick with a cold, and stubborn as I am, must sit at my computer and write. So, today’s topic? Being a pattern, or a testimony, or a role model.
I went out to check the mailbox for our mail, and I caught a glimpse of my neighbor across the street (who lost her husband to some form of cancer several years ago) pitching a ball to her grandson as he prepared to hit the bat to it. My thoughts were something along the lines of: “I want to be like her, like that, doing the very same thing one day…”
She still misses her husband, of course, when you lose your loved one, your spouse, you’ll miss that person for the rest of your life. But, from time to time, I’ll catch a glimpse of her mowing her lawn, gardening, going out to shop, etc. And I wonder – – “how does she do it?”
To me, she’s a pattern of someone who’s been able to survive losing someone, and has managed to go on in life, – – she has children, and grandchildren, and I’m sure this is one of the things that keeps her going, but she lives on her own, too. So, yes, I’m very impressed, that she can be a mother, and a grandmother, and do all these things…after losing someone.
I want to list out several other role models, and patterns (in no particular order) :
- my mom: she read all the ministry that she could when she was younger. She was strong in her faith, had been dealt with in the arrangements that God gave to her, and loved the Lord so much. Her faithfulness in her care for others in a personal way, and to pray for others is what gives me the motivation to do the same.
- my dad: Growing up I would see him in the word..early in the morning, even before the light came out for the day. Active in the church life, serving, taking care of others. – – This is a huge reason why I am happy for the chance to serve when I can.
- my sister: one of my heroes – why? Because she’s intelligent. She’s beautiful. She has a great family. She can run marathons (something I don’t think I can ever do) She loves the Lord in her own way. And because she’ll adjust me in areas where no one else can adjust me, though, at times, I have to admit, I’m stubborn, and don’t care to listen. I do appreciate what wisdom she can bestow on me.
- my brother (the one that lives in FL): a pattern to me in figuring things out, being brave enough to live on his own, and support himself – – for knowing what it is to be with family. When mom passed away, he took my sister and i in his arms, and we all cried together. I look up to him for that moment.
- Joy: A pattern of being independent, and practical, in a practical way. For also staying in the Word so faithfully despite all the things she has gone through, suffered through and for being a testimony of what the Lord can do in someone who stays faithful to Him.
- Gloria: For being the one and only who ever took the time to really listen to my heart, to spend with me, to get to know me, to pray for me, for putting up with me, and despite all she has gone through, for being able to minister Christ, and always pointing me to Christ – teaching me how, so that one day, I’d be able to come to Christ on my own.
- All the sisters I’ve ever known in the training: A pattern to me, in their own ways, for being so supportive, for praying for me. Being faithful to encourage me, despite all that they’ve gone through.
- Abigail: For being there, every single day, to talk to, to vent to, every step of the way throughout the time I was caring for my mom, for ministering to me, for continuing to encourage me and for being able to see my life from the outside and giving me her perspective on it.
- Lauren and Family: For being my second sister, my family, taking care of me, being there to listen to me, to let me cry on you, to cry for me, to hug me, to love me, to pray with me.
- To all saints, to all the saints, every one of you who has been an integral part in my journey of growing up in the church life: There is no one quite like each of you. You all encourage me to go on. You pray for me. You love me for who I am. You minister life to me. You’ve taken care of me and my family in such a loving way, practical way, and have prayed for us.
It’s not a small thing to see all these ones. There are too many of you to count, but, you’re a testimony to me, you’re a role model to me, and you’re a pattern to me. You may not know it. You may not see it, you may not think it, or realize it. But you are. You’re a part of the Body. I’m a part of the Body. In so many instances I wish I could be like all of you. But I’m so glad, we each have our portions, that build up the Body.
In my growth in Christ, my desire is to be like you all, to be like the Christ in you all, who cares for others, ministers life to others, who teaches the Word to others, who prays for others, who shepherds, who brings others to Christ.
So to all of you, Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.