Be Imitators


I’m convinced we’re born with certain gifts from God.

My second grandchild and middle to two brothers just turned two.

He has the gift of compassion.

His little heart is tender to those around him.

He is the one who will notice the scratch on your knee and ask you about it in his two-year-old way.

He is the one that immediately wants to pray to Jesus about it for you.

(again, in his two-year-old way)

He is the one who constantly goes up to his now one month old brother and kisses him, hugs him, rubs his head, holds his hand, gives him a pacifier (even though he’s already contentedly sleeping).

He is the one who will get that worried look on his face if a baby is crying.

He is the one who will cry and take his big brothers side if his big brother should get into trouble for disobedience in any way.

He has the gift of compassion.


He also loves to mimic his older brother.

He’s too young to know what he is actually doing.

When his big brother counts, so does he.

When his big brother jumps, so does he.

When his big brother says “two minutes mommy, I will do it in two minutes”…his response is also “two minutes”.

He imitates him in everything.


Two things stand out to me.

The first is that I too have gifts from God. They are uniquely designed for me.

You have gifts from God that were given to you as well.

They are all attributes of God that He desires to show to others through each of us.

One might have compassion, while another has a servants heart or an administrative gifting. They are gifts from our Creator to be used to Glorify Him and show the world who He is and what He is like.

I’m in awe that I can see it in my two-year-old grandson.


The second thing that stands out to me is the way that he imitates his older brother.

He admires him so much that he repeats his actions and words.

His identity right now is very tied up with who is older brother is.

He has is own favorites things to do, but on a day to day basis he is not far behind his big brother, doing just as he is doing.


That should be me.

That should be you.

May we be imitators of our Heavenly Father.

May our lives be so entwined with His that we imitate Him on a day to day basis.


1 Thessalonians 1:6

“You became imitators of us and the Lord for you welcomed the message …”


1 Corinthians 7:7

“…But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.”


1 Peter 4:10

“Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”


Romans 12:6-8

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”


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