Text by Lau Jue Hua, Thoughts by Olivia Ow
Consider this: Everyone needs a role model. Where would Barack Obama be without Martin Luther King to lead the way? What would Spiderman be if Uncle Ben was not there to teach him that important phrase, “With great power comes great responsibility”?
We subconsciously look up to people in our lives and aspire to be like them. It could range from people we see everyday to people we hear about to people we read about. A rebellious teen yearns to be like his favorite emo-punk rock bands and start sporting Mohawks and colored hair. A businessman in his forties strives to be like Warren Buffet and spend hours nose deep in Buffet’s autobiographies.
As for me, my role model is a PIG. I can imagine your ghastly face as you read this. Let me put this straight, I’m not talking about the animal which hid in houses of straw, wood and bricks from a big bad wolf. I’m actually referring to an acronym, as in Pretty, Intelligent, and Godly.
The one who unabashedly calls herself a PIG is my 37-year-old heroine who attends the same church as me. She was the one who coined the acronym and lives up to it in an exemplary nature, while also encouraging me to do the same.
Here’s the acronym and its deeper meanings:
The apostle Peters tells us in 1 Peter 3:3-4 that nothing is wrong with having ourselves look pleasant to others, but we should not let it distract us from God. In Psalm 139:14, the psalmist reminds us that each and everyone of us are an intricate work of God, from our biggest strengths down to our little flaws. So no matter how we look, God still sees us as His creation, skillfully wrought in His image (Genesis 1:26).
Intelligence is another important aspect for my role model. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). It is through knowing God and obeying Him more that we obtain both wisdom and intelligence. This is why my role model studies His Word fervently.
The story of Solomon tells us that even if one had all the looks and intelligence in the world, it will all be for naught if we do not follow God’s teachings. Therefore we must lead godly lives as advised by John the Apostle. “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked” (1 John 2:6).
I hope that after reading this, you too have learnt lessons from the person I look up to. If you have a similar role model in your life, feel free to share in the comment section below!