'By the grace of God I am what I am.' 1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV
Role models can shape you and make you, or break you. It's important to choose them well. But remember, if you model your life on someone else's - even if they're amazing - you risk becoming something God doesn't want you to be. Your 'heroes' wrestle with blind spots and character flaws too. Paul said, 'I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God' (1 Corinthians 15:9 NIV). The same thing with Peter; we're told that as he 'entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. "Stand up," he said, 'I am only a man myself"' (Acts 10:25-26 NIV).
Say a friend starts a business and makes money, but when you quit your job and follow in his footsteps you go broke. Or say a co-worker wears something that looks great on her, but on you the same outfit looks like a sack tied in the middle. The danger in hero worship is that you miss the unique path God has mapped out for you personally. Another person's gifts, purpose, journey and time-frame will be different from yours.
God is 'jealous' about you (see Deuteronomy 4:24). He wants to protect you from anything that diminishes your uniqueness, or threatens your relationship with him. To be safe, make Jesus your first-and-last role model.
So what now? Think about who your role models are, and why. And, make a list of what makes you unique to forge your own path.
Soulfood: Lev 1-4 Luke 20:20-26 Ps 31 Pro 8:34-36,