Dwyane Wade, star basketball player for the Miami Heat, sometimes argues with referees and makes gestures that show his frustration about having a call go against him. However, he has tried not to complain so much this season. He realized the need for a change when he saw one of his sons complaining to a referee during a youth league game. Wade says that he hates to see his son talking back to the ref, but he looks in the mirror and says to himself, “Well, how can you tell him not to do something when you’re doing it?” He knows that he is a role model, and he is trying to do a better job.
Not many people will follow the advice, “Do as I say, not as I do.” They see through the hypocrisy, and they know that our actions speak louder than our words.
Those who follow Jesus must take seriously the responsibility of being role models for young people and others who look to us for guidance and inspiration.
And, of course, we must continually look to Jesus as our role model.
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”—1 Corinthians 11:1.
By the way, if D Wade really wants to be a good role model, he should get rid of the Capri pants.