You are my energy supply; You are my hope; You are my star; You are my friend; You are my very heart; You are my hero; You are my champion; You are my role model; You are my encourager; You are my motivator; You are my inspirer; You are my ambassador; You are my special envoy; You are my everything. You are my reason for living. You are my oxygen; You are my everything.
Her story edifies me; Making me feel like I can also fly; Yes, I can; She’s done What looked like It could never be done; See how she’s done it; What a light She shines to all! She’s a role model; What you think You cannot do, You can pretty well do it; What you say you cannot do, Others are doing; That’s the message she gives; Believe in yourself; Many things That look impossible, Will be possible; You can do much more Than you think You can. Did you know that? You can soar like a bird In the sky; You don’t need to wait; Go do it now!
Who is your hero? “He’s my hero,” says Jyoti Meena;
Do you know who she is
Read “He’s my hero”;
And if you don’t mind it,
Tell us who your hero is;
It is good to have a hero;
A role model;
Someone who inspires you;
And makes you want to go out
And conquer the world
If you can be an icon
You have no reason not to be;
Nothing stops you;
You have every right on earth;
If you can be a role model,
I strongly encourage you;
Be exactly as you want to be;
Let the world admire you;
Let the world look up to you;
Let the world, want to be
Construct an ivory tower
In people’s hearts and minds;
And, forever, dwell in there;
Tomorrow when your time
On this stage of life is over,
And packing your bags you quit,
Let the place you carved out
In the minds and hearts
Of fellow humans remain;
If not for ever, at least
For a very long time to come.
In indelible ink,
Write your name in the hearts
And minds of others for ever.
Do you have a role model? Who is your role model?
It is important for you to have a role model. Many of the highly successful people have role models.
There are many outstanding figures you can take as your role model.
One role model that I recommend is St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and foster father of the child Jesus. This man is what I like to call a universal role mode or every one’s role model.
This man was a descendant of the royal line of King David and his family was from David’s town of Bethlehem.
Joseph, Mary and Jesus settled in Nazareth. In his loving care was entrusted the childhood and youth of Jesus. Hence, Jesus grew up in his household for 12 years.
Joseph’s last appearance in the bible occurs when he and Mary find the 12-year old Jesus in the Temple as narrated in Luke 2:41-51.
Mary said, “My son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you.” (Lk. 2:48)
For Catholics, Joseph is the Patron of the universal Church. He is the greatest saint in heaven after the Blessed Virgin Mary. His feast day is on March 19, and the feast of St. Joseph the worker, is on 1st May.
Joseph has many qualities that I admire. This explains why he is my chief role model.
But who is a role model?
The Cambridge English Dictionary defines role model as “a person who someone admires and whose behaviour they try to copy.” He is “a person whose behaviour is copied by others.”
Business Dictionary.com defines a role model as “An individual who is looked up to and revered by someone else. A role model is someone other individuals aspire to be like.”
On its part, Dictionary.com says, a role model is “A person who serves as an example of the values, attitudes and behaviors associated with a role. For example, a father is a role model for his sons. Role models can also be persons who distinguish themselves in such a way that others admire and want to emulate them.”
Merriam-Webster defines a role model as “a person whose behaviour in a particular role is imitated by others.
Synonyms of role model are legend, hero, heroine, idol and guiding light.
Among the many qualities of St. Joseph, the universal role model there are twenty-one that stand out. These include:
He was humble
He was always listening to the Lord,
He was always seeking to understand God’s will and obey it with his whole heart and strength.
He was a just man.
He was a perfect model of the Christian.
He was pure of heart.
He was simple.
He was obedient.
He was patient.
He was a loving and faithful husband.
He had unconditional love for his wife.
He was hard working.
He was a man of faith.
He was selfless.
He was forgiving.
He was prudent.
He was understanding.
He was a great missionary.
He was a teacher.
He was a man of vision.
He was open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Let us take a closer look at a few of these outstanding qualities. Joseph is described in the Gospel of Mathew as a just man:
“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.” (Mt. 1.19).
A just man is someone who gives God his due. He does not take or claim what is not his. He prays, lives by faith, and seeks to do good in every circumstance. Joseph gave God his due in this matter. When God decides we must oblige. We have no right to judge or question or deny. That would be unjust of anyone, refusing to give to God the right that belongs to him to do what he wants.
He is a model Christian. Through his purity of heart, patience humility, obedience and fortitude, he is a perfect model of Christianity. He has all the cardinal virtues of Justice, fortitude, prudence and temperance. (CC1805)
Joseph was a simple man; a poor carpenter, but though poor in worldly possessions, he was rich in grace.
Joseph was a humble man. But this humility should not be taken to mean being weak-willed,timid or feeling bad about himself. In fact, humility actually reflects strength of character not weakness of character. Joseph displayed humility in being obedient to the Lord. That he obeyed everything the Lord said to him is so admirable.
We start to see Joseph’s humility when we start to hear about him. Same goes for his just nature, his simplicity and obedience. When Mary came to be with child, Joseph confusion and resolve to put her away privately in order to spare her any public humiliation was a clear manifestation of his humility.
This confusion was done away with when an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and explained things to him:
“But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is that of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Mt. 1:20-21).
Joseph obeyed. Rising up from his sleep, he did as the angel commanded.
‘Then Joseph being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his
wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called his name Jesus.” (NKJV)
After Jesus was born, an angel again appeared to Joseph and told him to take the Holy Family away to escape the wrath of Herod:
“…behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” Mt. 2:13-15KJV
“When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt…”Mt. 2:14 KJV
Obedience is a very shouting quality in Joseph’s life. We recall, of course, that after a time in Egypt, after Herod died, the Angel came to him again and told him what to do; and he still obeyed:
“After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt” and asked him to take mother and child back to Egypt. Joseph wasted no time to obey.
We are told “Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went back to Israel.”
Joseph obeyed everything the Lord asked him to do. Thus he was simple and obedient.
As Christians, we are called upon to emulate the example of Joseph and make him our role model. He is, in fact, the role model of all Catholic men.
The Catholic Men’s Association, which is spreading so fast is called the School of St.Joseph. This is because the members strive to follow the example of St. Joseph as much as they can in being just, obedient, simple, exemplary, patient, humble, a loving husband, an good and caring father and caretaker of Jesus Christ.
As Joseph took care of Jesus, Catholic Men are required to take care of the body of Christ which is the Church.
Joseph’s obedience reaped abundantly for him. He got married to a woman that all generations call ‘Blessed’.
He was given custody of the greatest baby – Baby Jesus. He is ranked the second greatest Saint in heaven. He will forever be remembered. Many churches, schools and institutions are named after him.
What lessons do we draw from the life of Joseph?
That simplicity and humility are good. God Loves simple and humble people. When you are simple and humble, He raises you. He raised Mary to become the mother of the Lord. He raised Joseph to the high position as we have just seen. From simple people, Jesus drew his apostles. Be simple. Be humble.
Obedience is a master key to God’s heart. He makes that clear in his written word. Moses assured the people, “If you obey the Lord your God and faithfully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, he will make you greater than any other nation on earth. ” Deut.28:1.
If you are on the side of God or you go into partnership with God, you will be find. Joseph was all along on the side of God, listening, hearing God’s voice through the angels and obeying.
Joseph was in the company of Jesus. He lived with him, worked with him , travelled with him and took care of him.
Always be in the presence of God or Jesus. Never take your eyes off him. If you should take your eyes off him mistakenly, bring them back.
Joseph took care of Jesus. Take care of Jesus by taking care if his body, the Church. You will receive your blessings.
By following in the footsteps of St. Joseph, you are saying yes to the qualities that this man has. You are saying Yes to st. Joseph as your role model.
I encourage you to make St. Joseph your role model. Like him, go to the Lord in prayer, listen to what he tells you and faithfully do it. Who knows?
Maybe you will be so abundantly rewarded as St. Joseph was. God alone knows.
Do you know you can
Do you know you can
Be a star?
And even a superstar?
You look at others
And admire, don’t you?
It is a good thing
To admire those who
Are doing great.
But you have the potential
To be great as well;
You can also be admired;
Don’t think only others
Can be great.
You too can be great.
So, why not go ahead
And make yourself great?
If you work hard
And become great,
Others will admire you;
And will want to be
You will be a role model;
An example to emulate.
All the chances are on your side.
You can be admired.
Lily has such a magnetic personality that many people fall for her as soon as they set eyes on her. It baffles a lot of people how she developed her charisma. She has the type of charismatic and inspiring personality that every body likes. She is a role-model to many young people.
What intrigues everybody who knew her when she was much younger is the fact that she was never like that. In fact, she was nothing to write home about. Then came the transformation which was so thorough that she become unrecognizable to many.
Over the years, I have been searching for the secret of this total metamorphosis. I became overjoyed when I discovered the secret. It will be my joy to share it with who ever is interested. Are you interested? Do you like to have that magnetic personality that immediately catches and holds people’s attention?
Let others find reason
To follow your footsteps;
Be their role-model;
Let someone find it worthy
To follow where you go;
The night is dark;
Light is hard to come by;
Be the light;
Be a lamp;
Be a candle;
That provides the light;
That is needed to light up the way;
Let others find reason
To follow your footprints.
Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/footsteps/
I would like to present to you a role-model; an extraordinary man; an icon; a legend who lived a rather short life – only 39 years; but which was a rich, great and enriching life. Born on the 15th of January, 1929, he made an immense achievement during his short span of life, using every ounce of his energy to fight tirelessly for the liberation and emancipation of his people.
He believed in peace
This extraordinary man believed in peace as an instrument for the achievement of set goals; and it earned for him the title of ‘Apostle of Non-violence’. He was, indeed, a real champion of non-violence. Where there was hatred, animosity and suspicion, he called for love. Where some wanted violent protests and demonstrations, he led peaceful ones. Where people wanted to destroy, he built. He had a dream
He had a dream for which he lived and worked. It was a dream that consumed all his energy; all his thought; all his heart and might; and eventually his whole life. This lofty dream was contained in a timeless, legendary address, ‘I have a dream’ which he made to his people and the world; and which fired up his whole nation, to begin to look more closely at what he stood for, fought for and finally died for.
The phenomenal dream of this rare figure was to see blacks and whites live together and walk hand in hand like one and the same people bound by love, understanding and solidarity. This dream is a reality today.
Martin Luther King,Jr.
This legend is called Martin Luther King. He is a great man whose greatness has been recognized not only by his fellow country men but also by the entire human race. He is hailed for what he lived for and achieved both for his country and the world. That is why, in November 1983, another hero of the American people, President Ronald Reagan signed a law making the third Monday of every January Martin Luther King Day.
Nobel Peace Prize
Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14, 1964 for his non-violent approach in the cause for which he fought.
Today, the whole world celebrates the life and works of Martin Luther King. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom as well as the Congressional Gold Medal. Many streets in the U.S were renamed in his honor. In 2011, a memorial statue in the National Mall was opened to the public.
He had enemies
Yet, despite his great works, not all his people liked him when he lived; neither did they like the cause for which he fought. Not all his people liked his stand for peace. His peaceful approach to the struggle earned for him enemies from his own very camp. His struggle for the liberation and emancipation of his people drew animosity and opposition from racists leading to his untimely and tragic death on April 4th 1968 when he was brutally assassinated in Memphis.
Although Martin Luther King left this world long before his dream came true, behind him remains his great works. His ideas live forever. America and the world are better today because he lived. Americans enjoy an America void of racism and racial discrimination today, to a great extent, because he lived and dedicated his life not to fight for his own place in his society, not to amass wealth, and be ranked among the richest men of the world, but to fight for others, to fight for a cause bigger than himself; to benefit people he never knew; never hoped to meet anywhere; and more people than he could imagine.
Lessons to humanity
We learn many lessons from this great man
They way to be great is to fight not for self but for others.
We do not need violence to get what is ours by right.
Love and peace are more powerful than hatred and violence.
A journey of one thousand miles begins with a step.
When we dedicate our lives to a just cause we reap the fruits.
The lessons, indeed, are too many to be enumerated here
He also left stirring, touching and inspiring words that will continue to touch and shape hearts and minds for a long time to come. Here are some for you.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend,”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,”
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”The challenge
You may be one of the millions of people around the world who admire this extraordinary man. His selflessness, his love for fellow-man and his great and magnanimous mind have immortalized him.
What of you? What shall you be remembered for? What shall be said about you when you pass on to eternity?