This weekend I volunteered at the Christmas event for the BYU
library as Cinderella. Yes, Cinderella. Usually I’m not into “princessy” things (except for Tangled, of course) but this sounded fun! I looked like a princess, I talked like a princess, and I autographed many papers as “Cinderella” for a solid two hours. Although my cheeks ached from smiling, and my throat felt funny from speaking in a perky, higher-pitched voice, I thoroughly enjoyed watching these children’s’ eyes light up as they “met Cinderella”.
I remember one interaction, in particular, really touched my heart. Everyone had been coming up to me with “princess papers” to simply get my autograph, but this girl came up with a notebook. She bounced on her way over to me, and took a deep breath before exploding with excitement. “Cinderella!! It’s a pleasure to meet you in person! I am your…I AM YOUR BIGGEST FAN!! And…and…I was just wondering…if you could write me something! I love your movie and I just love you so much!!”
She told me her name, and I wrote her a short note about being courageous and following her dreams, signed Cinderella.
Later, I reflected on that experience and realized that this applies to all of us; We all have some kind of role model or person we look up to as an example for guidance throughout our lives. When we feel loved by them and we receive words of wisdom from them, we tend to cherish them; they motivate us to work harder towards doing good and being better than before.
This is my experience with Jesus Christ. He has too many attributes and did too many good deeds for me to mention all of them and express how each event has impacted my life. However, I will say that I truly cherish The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon because I can learn more about Him and who He is. Those sacred words give me strength and motivate me to be better. Those inspired words give me courage to stand up for what’s right in times that it may be difficult or unpopular to do so. His divine words have allowed me to understand my potential and strive to be more like Him.
Have you ever thought about how you may be a role model for someone else? Have you ever taken into account the impact your words and actions have on others? Think of who you are. Who do you represent? Are you a Father? Daughter? Aunt? Brother? Citizen? Doctor? Teacher? Mother? American? Swedish? Hostess? Gardener? Businessman? Cook? Video Gamer?
Above all, are you a disciple of Christ? Or in other words, are you a follower of the Living Son of God?
If you are, do you think you put into practice His teachings? Do you feel the Spirit change your heart each day? Do you treat others with love in person, as well as in your thoughts?
If you cannot say ‘yes’ to all of these questions, that’s okay! That is why we are here in life–to work on these things one at a time, while simultaneously experiencing JOY! However, it is important to recognize that if we do not recognize that we represent a true follower of Jesus Christ, let us consider how that can be changed!
Remember how our role models inspire us? Through their words and their actions. READ THE SCRIPTURES DAILY! THAT is how you will learn and feel of His love! THAT is how you will receive motivation to push forward and keep striving to be better! THAT is how His perfect example will rub off on you; you must FEAST upon the words of Christ so that you may be FILLED by His love, which ultimately changes your heart. And by your heart changing, you will have more righteous desires and your interests will be more aligned with those that are found in Christ’s Gospel and example!
Your circle of influence is greater when you are striving to be an example EVERYWHERE you go. Strangers can have the desire to make someone’s day better because you smiled at them. They may decide to call a loved one because they miss them after hearing you talk nicely to a family member. They could be inspired to be better citizens and neighbors because you picked trash up off the sidewalk and threw it away. Or they may even feel inspired to care more for others simply because you held the door open for someone!!
Don’t stop diving into the scriptures and encircling yourself with Christ’s love, life, words, and example. He really does empower, strengthen, and motivate us even when we’re at the lowest of lows in life. He never gives up on us even when we give up on Him. Keep trying and keep TRUSTING in Him; He knows and loves you perfectly.
Be the role model others need in their lives! 🙂
Have a great week,
PS– check out mormon.org for the 25 days of Christmas challenge! In an effort to #LightTheWorld, there are characteristics of Jesus each day and ideas of good things we can do each day to make the world a better place!!