“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.”
The pastor’s sermon today was about imitation. Humans are naturally imitators. It doesn’t matter who you are, you are or have at some point imitated someone. Children imitate their parents. Adults often imitate what’s cool or trendy, or sometimes not. Sometimes we strive to be the rebel, which is imitating past rebels. Unfortunately, despite how hard we try to be, we are not really unique. What we have done has been done before. Who we are has been before.
We strive to break the mold, to be different, to be set apart from the rest. But I don’t believe that is what God has called us to be. Sure, we are all individuals. We are all unique in our personalities, our DNA, our looks. But we are not unique in how we behave, what we do, our emotions. I was challenged today by our pastor to consider who I imitate. God calls us to imitate Christ. But do I? What do people see when they look at me, when they watch me? I think that many times Christians come across as self-righteous and offensive. This is not who Christ is. I think we really need to be careful who we choose to be in front of us because surely there are people behind us. Who do we choose to follow? Who is watching to follow us? As the lyrics of the Casting Crowns song go, “Be careful little feet where you go, for it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow.” We are called to be genuine imitation Christians, to be representatives of who He really is, and to remember that people are watching.
1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Here are some pictures of Bloke and his little imitators!