Most of the godly men who influenced my life are of past generations.
John Hyde,David Brainerd,John Wesley,George Whitefield,Charles G.Finney,Jonathan Edwards,E.M.Bounds,Oswald Chambers,Hudson Taylor,Jonathan Goforth,D.L.Moody,Francis Asbury,Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Savonarola,Madame Guyon,Watchman Nee,Rees Howell,Howell Harris,Thomas Walsh,Peter Cartwright,Evan Roberts, A.W.Tozer,Leonard Ravenhill, Paris Reidhead, Andrew Murray,John Chrysostom,Martin Luther,John Calvin,E.Stanley Jones,Thomas Merton,Oswald J.Smith, Amy Carmichael, David Martyn Lloyd Jones, John Knox, Edward Payson, Duncan Campbell,C.T.Stud,'Thomas à Kempis', Samuel Morris, A.B.Sympson, William Booth,Polycarp, and many other godly men that dont come to mind without mentioning here the saints of old & New Testament.
Even though 'dead' they still speak.
"He who praises a holy man ought to imitate him, and if he be not ready to imitate him he ought not to praise him. He who praises another should make himself worthy of like praise, and he who admires the saints should himself become worthy of admiration for the holiness of his life. If we love those who are good and faithful because of their goodness and faithfulness, we may become such as they are if we do as they do. And it is less difficult thus to imitate then if we notice what was achieved by men of ancient times, who had no example before their eyes yet nevertheles became examples for us, following whom we may inspire others, so that the Lord Christ may ever be glorified in His servants. From the beginning of the world innocent Abel was slain, Enoch who pleased God was taken away, Noah was found righteous, Abraham faithful, Moses long-suffering, Joshua was chaste, David gentle,Daniel holy, Elijah was taken up into Heaven and the Three Children had victory. The apostles, the followers of Christ, are the teachers of them that believe, the valiant confessors go forth to battle, the martyrs triumph, and the christian hosts, made strong by God, never cease to prevail against the Evil One; whatever their different trials, all these have been equally braive and equally victorious. Therefore, O Christian, you are but a poor soldier of Christ if you think you can overcome without fighting and suppose that you can have the crown without the contest."
- St. John Chrysostom