For my list, I'm disqualifying family members. I don't want anyone to be offended!
This list took me some time to compile. (It would have been easier to rattle off five celebrities that I wouldn't want to spend time with.) But I was taking it seriously, so I stuck with it, and here is the result. Other than the first two, these people are listed in the order in which I met them.
- Jesus. Who's more precious to resemble?
- The apostle Paul. He suffered much during his ministry, yet he never gave up. Even more than that, he wrote this: "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." I have hope, I have joy, and I generally have peace--but I'd be hard-pressed to say that I am "content in any and every situation."
- My friend Meri. We don't spend a lot of time together in the literal sense, because she lives far away. However, we email frequently, so we're in close contact. She's the friend who has known me the longest--we've been through everything together!--and we just "get" each other. She usually doesn't hold back her opinions and, while I don't always agree with her, I know that she always loves me and always tells me the truth. She's a good example of showing love, being honest, and staying faithful through trials.
- My pastor. I have learned so much from him, both spiritually and personally. He shows compassion when I need it, shares wisdom when I need it, and offers encouragement when I need it. He also speaks the truth, even when I don't want to hear it. He makes me a better, stronger person.
- My friend Amanda. I'd like to have her tender heart, her boundless energy, and her positive attitude. Even when she's dealing with her own stresses, she finds a way to minister to many.
So, as I asked at the top of this post, Who are the five people you'd like to spend the most time with? Whose reflection would you like to see in your mirror?