As a youngster, I played a game called “Simon Says.” In that game, the participants had to do whatever the leader did. If the leader jumped on one leg, the participants had to do the same. If the leader flapped his arms, the participants copied his actions. If the leader squatted, the participants squatted. To make the game more complicated, the leader sped up his commands, and at times, gave commands without saying “Simon Says.” If a participant performed a command and the leader neglected to say “Simon Says,” that participant was thrown out of the game. The winner of the game was the one who performed the most correct commands following the phrase “Simon Says;” thereby, mimicking the actions of the leader.
This seems cute as a youngster. However, do know you will begin to mimic the behaviors of those you choose to follow? Not only that, you will begin to sound like them. In other words, you will begin to speak words similar to their words; and in most cases, you will begin to think as they think. The more you listen to them and immerse yourself in their doctrines, the more you will start to believe what you’ve been exposed to. And once your beliefs change, your actions usually follow.
Ask yourself a few questions. Who are your mentors? Whose words have you ingested in abundance? To whom do you lend your ears? Who speaks into your life? They may not do it personally, but you may absorb their words through television, radio, books, CDs, the internet, etc. You may listen to them daily, or you may listen to them several times per week. You may listen to them as you’re doing housework, or you may attend a conference to hear what they have to say. Regardless, you’ve made their words and actions a part of your repertoire, and you’ve made a decision, on some level, to follow them.
Before deciding to follow someone, take the time to examine where he’s going. If you don’t like what you see, you may not want to get in line with his beliefs or doctrine. Don’t be like those who lacked wisdom. They were the ones where the blind (those without wisdom) led the blind. As a result, they both fell into a ditch. That being said, make sure you choose your mentors carefully. You may want to make sure they have a sense of direction before you jump on board.