Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. Ephesians 5:1
The recipe to hear “make her stop copying me” is simply to put more than one child in a room…and then…wait. The first time one of The Little Darlings made that complaint to me, I was instantly sucked back in time. I vividly remembered bringing the same grievance to my father only to hear him say, “You only copy someone you admire.” That threw a bucket of cold water on my heated irritation. Who would complain about being admired?
That is the scenario I thought of when I read, “be imitators.”
The root of the English word…mimic.
What often bothers me about being mimicked is that someone has to watch me closely to do it, and then I see their impression of me. Not usually fun.
Paul takes this scenario and reinterprets it in a positive way. When He tells us to watch what God does then do it, he knows that entails us keeping our eyes on Someone. Imitation is a great method to use in learning something. I watch how someone is doing it. Then I do it. Watching God is watching the perfect example. That method of wisdom gathering could intimidate and frustrate me but the rest of the instruction encourages me to persevere. “As beloved children.” I am not just keeping my eye closely on a perfect example, I am a beloved daughter, intently adoring my loving Father with eyes of love.
Watching to imitate a life.
Watching love with love.
How do you want me to do this life Abba?
Would you show me?
Part 17 of “Echoes of Encouragement from Ephesians.” See Also: Within Walking Distance