Asking “What sermon do I want to give?” is so much easier than asking “What example do I want to set?”
But even then, danger lurks…
If setting an example is my goal, my ego still needs a lesson in humility. If my intentions are pure, “setting an example” is just a possible fringe benefit of doing the right thing, allowing the sincerity and integrity of my actions to speak for themselves.
In other words, I become an authentic role model only to the degree that I am not trying to be one. Being an authentic role model is nothing more or less than the integrity to be my best self, whether others are watching or not.
A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!