I thought I was a pretty good kid. I didn’t pick fights. I didn’t get into a stupid and enormous amount of trouble. I was pretty a-ok. A real model citizen.
Unfortunately, being “good” isn’t exactly a winner status. Over the years I learned that “being good” is, if anything, a pre-requisite. It’s just plain supposed to be expected. It doesn’t make you special. Being “good” just makes you “good.”
But you CAN be MORE than good. You can be MORE than just “nice.” You can be a risk taker. You can be an adventurer. You can be “more than a conqueror.” You can be “an overcomer.”
In the book, “22 Life Lessons for Personal Growth,” in the chapter on “Humility” I wrote the following quote:
“…being a kind of model citizen didn’t assure me of anything in life.”
Being a “model citizen” to me now doesn’t mean being just a good, quiet, convenient little boy who becomes a good, quiet and convenient man. Now, I see that status as a requirement if you are interested in influencing the world and changing the status quo. You want to be a model citizen, be a kind of model that’s worth modeling. Be the kind of model that’s worth copying. Be a successful model that’s worth repeating over and over again because when you live it and walk it something successful and powerful happens.
Be the guy who steps up and convinces everyone to stop teasing the person outside of your group. Be the business owner who boldly shows appreciation to his or her staff. Be the kid who starts an organization or a program even though kids and even adults lack faith in you. Be the writer, author and blogger whose bold enough to say what’s on his mind without flinching!
A model citizen in this day and age cannot afford to be a “nice” guy. Being nice can take you places, but I highly doubt that it will take you as far as what walking out in real Faith would!