Are You "Nobody to Be Like"?

by Bill Denton

"The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father David's earlier days and did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father, followed His commandments, and did not act as Israel did" (2 Chron. 17:3,4, nasb95).
Howard Hendricks tells of striking up a conversation with a boy in a barber shop: "After a while I asked, Who do you want to be like?' Mister,' he said, I ain't found nobody I want to be like.'" When I first read Howard Hendricks' comment, I thought, "What a shame to find nobody to "be like." Then it struck me that perhaps there were other things going on in that young man's mind and heart that were just as bad, if not worse, than finding no one from whom to learn a good example for life.
Of course the Bible is full of good examples. Jehoshaphat found one in David-and David could become a good example for someone today, as could quite a number of godly men and women whose lives reflect the grace of God.
Perhaps that young man ought to look harder. Perhaps, borrowing from a popular song from a few years ago, he's been "looking in all the wrong places." A lot of people make that mistake. They spend too much time in places, and among people, who simply aren't good for them.
Perhaps the young man who said, "I ain't found nobody I want to be like," was a self-centered, hard-headed, stubborn youth who was only displaying the serious folly so often found in young people who do not think it's "cool" to honor their elders by following their example. But, of course, it could be that the young man's observation was right on target. Perhaps there are simply too few good examples to follow.
Perhaps we expect too much when we think the average young man should pick up his Bible and discover the godly examples there. Why should he? Instead, why aren't there some actual, live people who can help? Where are all the godly examples today? Are they keeping their faith a secret by not allowing themselves to become examples?
I've heard some pretty well-known people say, "Hey, I'm not a role model." Really? Then what are they?
That goes for not-so-famous people, too. What are you doing, and what kind of example are you being for the young people around you? Are you a "nobody to be like?"
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