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Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. (John 13.5 NRSV) According to the Bible there is only one perfect role model. Thirteen men are gathered for a meal. According to the Gospel of John, one of them, the leader of the group, girds himself with a towel and begins to wash the other men's feet. They are horrified. This is not the way a role model is supposed to act. Not in the secular world. In the secular world a leader is one who is served, not one who serves. Maybe that's what's wrong with the world today. Our leaders don't know how to serve. Maybe that's why service is so bad in department stores. The manager of the store doesn't know how to set an example. If you're going to choose Jesus as a role model, you're going to have to learn what it is to serve. When the late Roy L. Smith, pastor and for many years editor of a denominational magazine, was not yet eighteen, he received a hurried message at school that his father had been hurt at the mill where he worked. While Roy was running down Main Street in Nickerson, Kansas, a blunt man called out, "No use runnin', kid. He's gone." Smith's father was a skilled mechanic and flour miller, and was highly respected in their little village, so every business in town closed down for his funeral. The day after the funeral, Roy and his brother went to the mill to gather up their father's belongings--his tools and the clothes in which he had died. The first thing Roy saw were his father's shoes, the soles turned up. There was a great hole in each one, stretching from one side of the shoe to the other. On the day Roy's father died, his father's bare feet were against the concrete floor of the mill. Less than two weeks before, his father had bought Roy a new pair of shoes. Roy would have given anything, he said later, if he could only have put good shoes on his father's feet for the last hour of his life. If you choose Jesus as a role model, you're going to wrap a towel around your waist and wash the feet of others. Dear God, help me to better know and live out Jesus' kind of sacrifice. In Jesus name, Amen.

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America is a land of many things. It has been called "the great melting pot," a place where all cultures, beliefs, and ideas merge together as one. This melting pot means different things to different people. To me, it means the freedom to live as one chooses to live; the belief that if one works hard enough, they can do anything. In the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence, it is stated that all men have the rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Basically, it is saying that everyone has the right to live how they would like to live, and to enjoy what they would like to enjoy, as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others. This, in my opinion, is the essence of America. The founding fathers established this country on pillars of tolerance, liberty, and equality, and that it was we, as American citizens, must strive to protect today. From the founding of the country to present-day, the United States has been viewed as a land where anything is possible, as long as one is willing to work for it. Millions of immigrants came and still come to the United States, seeking a better way of life, and a chance to live how they would like. Immigrants come from all over the world, from Korea to Pakistan and everywhere in between, in the hopes of having better lives. Here, these immigrants are not chastised, criticized, and persecuted for their culture and beliefs, but welcomed into American society with open arms. The American culture loves diversity and change. This can be found in almost every aspect of our lives. When a European goes out to eat, he goes to one of the local traditional restaurants. When an American goes out to eat, he has plenty of different options to choose from. One night he might have Thai food, and the next, Italian. Very few countries are as diverse as ours, due to the freedom we give individuals to express their own beliefs and cultures. America would not be America if it was not for freedom. Not just freedom, but the freedom to live as one chooses to live; the ability to see that if one works hard enough, they can do anything. This has been an enduring quality of the nation, established by the rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" as is stated in the Declaration of Independence. The United States has been a beacon of hope to millions of immigrants around the world, looking to improve their lives. Their lives would not be able to be improved without the freedoms and open acceptance of other cultures America provides. "The great melting pot" would not be "the great melting pot"
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