There is so much to learn from my friend Paul, an ordinary person like you and I.
Reading through Paul's letters, a few points stand out.
• He didn't live to please man: "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ."
(Galatians 1:10 NIV)
• He was humble: "I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified."
(1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT)
• He was selfless: "For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race" (Romans 9:3 NIV)
• He was focused on God's calling in his life: "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:20-21 NIV)
• He lived with eternity in mind: "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14 NIV)
I dare say, if you are anything like me, we have a some work to do in doing what Paul said: "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV)
Have a good day.
Mike and Daphne