August 27, 2007

Role Model's

Role model:

Definition (Unabridged) "A person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people."

Our world is full of "Role Models" and accept this fact or not... our children are copying the examples that are set by others in our society. Not only children... but a lot of adults too!

Recently, 6 new members were inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Some of those introduced we may be familiar with, while others, we only know from what has been reported to us concerning their records and accomplishments. This year I listened as these men shared a little about their lives and they all gave recognition to others who have been involved in their lives or have been a role model for them. What I heard was most of these men gave thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ and realized that they would not be standing in that place if Jesus Christ did not lead the way. You see Jesus Christ is 2,000 years later; still truly a role model.

Micheal Irvin for me was the most inspiring, not because I am a Dallas Cowboy fan because I'm not... I am still ...yes, I'll say it... a Buffalo Bills fan. In his acceptance speech Micheal publicly admitted he came to a place in his life where today; he understands his role model is Jesus Christ. While he played in his career... he made a lot of bad choices. Choices that could have cost him his family, and now knows that it was God; all along, that was trying direct his steps that would allow him to be truly a great "play maker".

Deon Sanders... Thurman Thomas, and a huge rooster of others today realize that need for this role model. They all came to realize that you can have great abilities in life; but it's your character that really reveals who you are.

This moves me and even today... people like Micheal Vick's are accepting the fact that they have made some serious misjudgements or bad choices because today they know and understand that they need mercy and forgiveness and accept that this really comes from Jesus Christ.

You may have to pay a price for bad choices... but it's not the final judgement or the final chapter of your life.

Jesus still forgives when we call out to Him with a sincere heart... and it's not up to us to decide who is sincere or who's blowing smoke... the fact is still this, Jesus is full of compassion and moved with mercy when we call out to Him. The Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), the inspired word of God says; "... anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced... Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10: 11, 13 (NLT).

Here's the only catch... you have to believe and call... you believe with your heart and call with your mouth....

You don't have to make a lot of bad choices before you call. God knows what's going on in your life and He has a heart for you to succeed. Why not do it now before your in serious trouble. (I wish I know this before I made the some of the choices I made).

My question is... who is your role model? We all are following someone.

If you've read this far... you now know that you have been given choices and freedom to make those choices. You don't have to do anything else to be accepted into God's Hall of Fame, except make that call.

These two were great examples of individuals who made that call... Jesus Christ is the best role model you could ever emulate. It's up to you. If you don't believe me... just ask Micheal.

God is standing by waiting for you to pick up that phone... He'll answer as soon as you call.

I love you all;

Jim "DoughBoy" Brady

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