I actually wrote this post a few weeks ago. A lot of amazing things had happened and I was so encouraged by the people around me, so I did what I always do. I wrote it down. Still, I felt that it wasn’t time to publish it. Not until today.
I have been thinking about the term “role model” lately. What is a role model? Well, Wikipedia describes it as “any person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others”. Not that complicated, is it?
I have lately begun to see people. Really see people and appreciate them. It is a lot thanks to the school I’ve been going to for almost a year. You learn to see people as persons and how there is so much more than the person you are physically seeing. It also has something to do with me studying drama, that makes you become more aware of the people around you, since your job is to become someone else.
Even though, I feel as if God is trying to show me something.
I have begun to see these really beautiful things in the people around me. Like when someone is talking about – or doing – something they are really passionate about. Or when you feel someone feeling comfortable being around you, and they are just being themselves. How one person always cares about the people around them, even though they don’t really have a reason to. How another always knows what to say when you’re feeling down. How someone never gives up, no matter how hard it is. How another boldly talks about Christ, and you faith is uplifted every time you meet them. How one person wants to teach you something you have always wanted to learn. How another truly wants you to success.
This is the kind of things I love in people. That is what I look up to. These small, maybe by-passing moments when they do or saying something incredible and encouraging. The effect they have in your life. What they teach you, what you teach them.
When it comes to me and my role models, I have a lot of them. I keep looking up to these small things in different persons and try to soak in what they are doing, learn, and hope that I’ll someday be as encouraging – as they were at that moment – to someone else.
I’m talking about the people you meet in your daily life. In school, at work, in church… The ones you meet out of a complete coincidence. And what I find incredibly amazing about these role models is that they are usually not aware of that that is what they are. They are just being themselves. Having a normal day. Carrying on with their life. Not thinking about it.
So why not do the same? Why not be yourself, and trust in that God is making you into the person he wants you to be. Because I am sure he is already using you in different ways.