Follow This Pattern

If we are honest, we have to admit that we are often following examples.  Whether consciously or unconsciously, we are imitating people frequently.  We begin life by imitation whoever raises us.  At school, we tend to imitate classmates we look up to.  In athletics or the arts, we are following the pattern our coach, music teacher, or dance instructor demands.  On our own we copy our heroes in those fields and in our careers, we follow our mentors.

But we have to be careful, are the people we are following and copying leading us to a good place?  Are we emulating the best examples?  Most importantly, who are we following in terms of worldview and life goals?  Who and what formed our values?   Francis Chan is quoted as saying "Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter."

This message from Philippians 3 discusses examples and ultimate goals, about where our hope tends to be and where it should be.  I hope you will listen as we look not at modern trends or the latest research, but at the timeless Word of God which is always true and never returns void.

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