It's a humbling thought when we recognize that each of us are someone that others look up to! We are called to intentionally choose those whom we will model our lives after and to live imperfect lives that, through both our action and repentance, are worthy of emulation.
Being connected to one another isn't simply a nice way to live or a built-in support structure in case of difficulty. Connection to the faith community is one of the key aspects of our spiritual formation journey. We are always being formed—intentionally or unintentionally. Connection takes many forms, but is a vital aspect of the transformation process.