Why I Follow Jesus. . .

31 05 2013

By Rachelle Smalldon, Young Adult Ministries

Rachelle Smalldon finds that having Jesus Christ as her role model  makes her want to be a better person.

Rachelle Smalldon finds that having Jesus Christ as her role model
makes her want to be a better person.

In a Leadership Theory course I took in graduate school, we studied the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and were asked to discover and analyze our own personality types. I discovered I am an INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging), which means I often am categorized as an idealist.

My supervisor at work during those graduate years (who most definitely was not an idealist) said to me one day in a fairly snide tone, “You seem to have a very idealist, utopian view of life. I’ll be interested to see where that gets you in life.”

I used to resent that comment (and sometimes still do). His words cut me deeply and obviously stuck with me. But I think they have helped me grow, remember who I am, and know where that can take me in life.

I think he was right. I am an idealist. The more I learn about what that means, the more I am OK with it, even proud of it. I do believe in the potential for beauty, greatness, and a world of peacefulness in some capacity.

As we set our sights and beliefs on the vision we have for our church and our individual discipleship, maybe we all have a bit of “idealist” in us. Maybe having vision, striving for a beautiful and peaceful world, and believing the end goal is possible aren’t such bad things.

For as long as I can remember, I have known about Jesus. I have known he was the Son of God and brought to the world to share the gospel and teach us how to live in peace and with authentic love. I have always believed the teachings of Jesus to be good ones. I often remember the profound but simple “Golden Rule” when making behavioral decisions. These lessons have made a difference in my life and, I feel, have helped me be a better person.

As I have become more involved in this church, experiencing and sharing more about our faith and growing in my own relationship with God, I have learned much more about who Jesus was. The more I learn about Jesus, the more I like.

I find I can relate to Jesus because his life and teachings are practices I can attempt in my own life. I may not be able to perform miracles, but I can practice kindness and peace, extending God’s love to those I meet.

Knowing how Jesus lived gives me something to strive for. I continue to follow him because, for me, Jesus is the ultimate example of humanity. Jesus is the example of how I want to live my life and the footsteps I want to follow in.

Jesus was the kind of person I want to be. He was loving, compassionate, and radical. He promoted peace and love in all he did. Jesus makes me want to be better and do better.

Jesus is my ideal.



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31 05 2013

If we take the words of Jesus to heart, I think that we must have high standards and therefore an idealist focus on life. Thank you Rachelle for sharing your story. Blessings ~

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