Someone recently told me that they’d read my “Our Story” series and felt like it had helped them to know me better. That’s a little scary, in all honesty – to think that my blog helps introduce people to me. I’d certainly like the opportunity to make a better first impression… However, the more I considered it, the more I’m resolved to continue blogging.

For regular readers, friends and family, you all know that I’m extremely ordinary. I’ve got hangups, compulsions, bumps and bruises just like all of you. Yes, I’m a pastor, but no, I’m not perfect.

However, there’s someone I know who is perfect, and my earnest desire is for you to meet him. He’s why I blog, preach, design, laugh, play Xbox, fantasy football, and breathe. He has given me Life, and I’d love for my example to help nudge someone else closer to discovering a joy-filled relationship with Jesus Christ.

After visiting with the friend mentioned above, I realized afresh how humbling it is to know that there might actually be a few people watching your life. Many times, we as Christians do not embrace the influence God has given us to use it for His glory. We’re all going to influence people all the time. Question is: How?

In the New Testament, it’s presumed that Christian leaders sought to follow Christ and that others would be following them. For instance, Paul was able to say, “Therefore I urge you to imitate me.” (2 Corinthians 4.16) Wow! He was so confident of his “way of life in Christ Jesus,” (v17) that he instructed those in the church to watch him.

The writer of Hebrews also said that we should be able to “to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6.12) In Hebrews 13.7, the author repeats this encouragement by saying, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

How does this make you feel? If you’re like me, then it’s extremely challenging and humbling. Here’s to living life transparently, lovingly, and genuinely. It can only be done that way in Christ.

May 2008 be a year of our lives worth imitating by others.

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