Who, consciously or unconsciously, do you admire and follow? Why do you imitate them? Do their lives and influence encourage goodness and wisdom? Or do they blight the human landscape by practicing vanity or immorality?

Here is one woman worthy of your admiration: Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery, then returned again and again to save others. She did not make magazine covers or tabloids. She had a serious expression, rarely smiling. Unwilling to risk capture after escaping from slavery, she pulled her own teeth. She would not make the movie screen today. Her background gave her no advantages. Nevertheless, she practiced noteworthy courage, vision and unselfish service.

Harriet Tubman’s lifework exceeded “excitement”. After escaping from slavery she continued to be a risk taker. Her powerful, innate courage and unselfish character motivated her to lead others on the same path to freedom. Risking her life, enduring grueling hardship she guided hundreds of slaves on that same path delivering them across the Canadian border to freedom.

You would be drawn in as her admirer once you understood her spirit and soul, if you could once get a glimpse of her joy and excitement after each accomplishment. Her vision might even challenge you to imitate her.

There are others you might be inspired to imitate: when you read of Deborah or Jael in Judges, the forth chapter. You may be intimidated by them too. By the time we read of Deborah she was already established as a judge in Israel. As far as we can tell from the Bible, she was the only woman to attain that high office. England had Margaret Thatcher, but the United States has never had a woman President — and — Deborah was in leadership in a time of war. During that same time Jael killed the general of the enemy army by driving a tent peg through his temples.

The women you choose to admire do not have to be heroic or famous. Their accomplishments do not need to come from the realm of deeds more often done by men. There are plenty of women to admire for being great, loyal wives, mothers who reared their children to be people of good character. Artists, teachers, and faithful workers all contribute critical “pieces of the puzzle” to successful societies. Famous or unknown, your life counts. Do what is before you. There is either now, or there will be something great for you to do. Watch for that moment in time: perhaps your singular vision and courage will make all the difference in that moment. Or, with equal courage you may imitate others who have stepped up before you!

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