Consider the advice given by one teacher to his student:
- Let no man despise thy youth (1 Tim. 4:12);
- Neglect not the gift that is in thee ( 1 Tim. 4:14);
- Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness (1 Tim. 6:11);
- Fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12);
- Keep what has been committed to thy trust (1 Tim. 6:20);
- Be not ashamed of the testimony of the Lord (2 Tim. 1:8);
- Hold fast the form of sound words (2 Tim. 1:13);
- Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus ( 2 Tim. 2:1);
- Endure hardship (2 Tim. 2:3);
- Strive lawfully (2 Tim. 2:4);
- Study to show thyself approved (2 Tim. 2:15a);
- Rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15b);
- Flee youthful lust (2 Tim. 2:22a);
- Follow after righteousness, faith, charity, peace (2 Tim. 2:22b);
- Do not strive but be gentle (2 Tim. 2:24);
- Continue in the things that thou hast learned (2 Tim. 3:14).
Rather than seeking to "be like Mike" why not be like Jesus:
- Jesus increased in wisdom - He developed intellectually;
- Jesus increased in stature - He developed physically;
- Jesus increased in favor with God - He developed spiritually;
- Jesus increased in favor with man - He developed socially.
You cannot walk in the steps of Jesus (1 Pet. 2:21; Jho. 13:15; Eph. 5:2; 1 Jho. 2:6) unless you continue to grow (2 Pet. 3:18). Following after this kind of advice will take you well beyond the stars.