We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Influence of Role Models

The influence of a role model can change the direction of a life. Thirty years ago, one man, Charlie Tremendous Jones, inspired me to be a reader. And what an influence it was! Though I never read a book until I was twenty-two years old, Charlie’s influence set me on a course for which I shall forever be thankful.

Now, thirty years later, I still pray the prayer that I found in that first book on the life of D.L. Moody: “The world has not seen what God can do through one man wholly committed unto him; I pray I be that man.” Next was George Mueller, who trusted God for countless orphans; what Moody did on his feet, Mueller did on his knees.

Amy Carmichael risked her life to stop teenage prostitution in India, and Gladys Aylward gave her life to care for Chinese orphans. I will never forget the pages that describe her defiance when faced with the insurmountable obstacles of the Japanese and Chinese armies that blocked her passage to water. She was threatened that she and the children would be killed. But not this day–she bravely held on to the promises of God, “MY God shall fight for me!” And he did! It is recorded that both armies fled in opposite directions. When you’re surrounded by angels with swords drawn, it is best that you get out of the way!

What a profound influence role models can have on our lives! You see, “You’ll be the same five years from now as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read.” With a renewed mind and redeemed passions, we can experience what the Apostle Paul so poignantly expressed to the Ephesians: God will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think!

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