Today's Devotional Thought
March 19, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
My daughters made me smile this weekend as I watched them playing dress up in my closet. They weren't interested in putting on my jewelry or my clothes. They were most interested in my shoes. And my 8 year old and my 3 year old daughters, dressed in their shorts and t-shirts, spent about an hour parading around the house in my shoes. Black boots, grey books, brown heels, black heels, cowboy boots, flip-flops, and dress shoes all came out. Some they had difficulty walking in and some, I have to say, they looked amazingly good in!!
I smiled because they were having so much fun imitating me.
I heard my 8 year old say, "Mom wears these shoes with this outfit." Or "Mom only wears these shoes when she doesn't have to do a lot of walking!"
I just laughed as I heard my 8 year old explaining shoes to my 3 year old. And when my 8 year old daughter said, "I just love shoes," I smiled. Because mama loves shoes too!!
As I watched them mimic me, I began to think of the amazing responsibility that is upon us all to serve as a role model for someone else. When we have children, we see very clearly the influence we have over another person. But regardless of whether we have children in our sphere of influence, we are all influencing someone. And someone is mimicking our behaviors.
It makes me think of Paul's words in I Corinthians 11: "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ" (verse 1).
Pretty strong words.
What kind of influence are you to those around you? If they were to follow your example, how would they act? Would they act as Jesus commands us? Would they love the Lord with all of their heart, mind, and soul, and then love others as themselves? (Matthew 22: 37-39). Would they demonstrate love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)?
I smile when my daughters imitate my love of shoes.
But my heart sings when I hear them asking me questions about Jesus or when I hear them praying.
Oh friends, people are watching you and people are imitating your behaviors. Can you say what Paul said and urge others to follow you because you are following the example set out by Christ?
None of us behave perfectly in this life, but we should all strive to be imitators of the faith (Hebrews 6:12). And we should all live so that we can say to someone else, "Follow my example because I am following the example set out by Jesus Christ."