Imitators

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The picture came across my phone screen.

She was sitting on a snow horse that her daddy made for her in the last big snowfall.

She looked so happy and my mind immediately went back to

twenty some years ago.

When her daddy was about 10, we also had a big snowfall.

I think it was the blizzard of 1993.

My husband went outside and built snow forts for the kids to play in.

He spent a good part of that day, all those years ago, creating a snow horse.

It was solid and carved and crafted so cleverly.

It held not one, not two, but all three of our children.

I had no idea in 1993 that in 2018, my son would also make a snow horse for his little girl. How sweet.

The warmth inside my heart is so full thinking that he would even consider imitating something that his father once did for him and now do it for his daughter.

I don’t think there is a better reward or feeling than to know that your child values what you did enough to repeat it or imitate it.

 

I think also of Jesus

The Bible says that we should be imitators of Him.

We certainly can’t do that on our own, but with God’s Holy Spirit within us, we can imitate His ways. We won’t always get it down perfectly. In fact, more often that not we will certainly fall short.   He can still, however, be recognized.

When we care enough to sit and listen to someone who is hurting, we imitate Him.

When we stoop down into the muck and mire to help someone in their situation, we imitate Him.

When our heart hurts with compassion, we imitate Him.

When we show patience, we imitate Him.

When we are joyful and happy for others, we imitate Him.

 

May we warm His heart today and each day

By allowing His Spirit within us to imitate Him.

 

1 Corinthians 4:16

“Therefore I urge you to imitate me”

Amplified Bible

“Imitate me, as I imitate Christ”

 

1 Corinthians 4:16

“So I urge you, be imitators of me just as a child imitates his father.”

 

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