Much of our lives consist of, in some way or another, looking like someone, or some group of people. Whether we are a product of our environment, a product of our culture, or a product of the willful decisions we make to follow or fit into or look like a certain type of person, each of us at some point in our lives have done and still are doing this.
When I was in high school, my life mimicked the lives of the guys in the class or two ahead of me. This was mainly because of sports, and my constant desire to look like, act like, and therefore be treated like those guys who were the studs on the basketball or football team. I did pretty well.
But then I went to college, and that lifestyle, those guys who I followed, weren’t there anymore, and that persona, that mask didn’t stand up nor did it trick anyone any longer. Who I had tried to become over a four-year period meant nothing anymore. I then began to realize that the people I follow really matter and have a significant impact on the person I am to become.
At this juncture in my life I was radically met by God, and He forever changed the person I desired to become, thus altering the trajectory of my life. The person, or people, I follow now look very different than those in my past. My life now, though sometimes more as a wanderer than a confident disciple, consists of constantly trying and desiring to follow Jesus, a Man to whom none compares, and who is the sole source of life and joy and salvation.
What I hope to articulate is the importance of us knowing who we want to become, and who inspires, challenges, and encourages us.
If who you want to become and who you are following don’t connect, then something needs to change. I urge you to begin searching your heart now. Please don’t wait until your life is long down the road and you’ve come to a point where you can’t believe who you’ve become. No one benefits, the world isn’t helped, your family isn’t better off, and your heart surely isn’t any more free if you neglect this.
One thing I know, regardless of anything else, is that Jesus really did come to give life and life to the fullest. Any other way, whether we recognize it at the start or not, is only going to lead to unhappiness, pain, and a life that isn’t really alive.
The people that you follow have a huge impact on who you are and who you are to become. Some can help you write a better story than others.
Who are you following?