Since this is Halloween week, the gymnasts picked a theme for each day and have dressed according to the theme. Today was imposter day. Several of the girls decided to impersonate me. They know me well: One wore a Chicago Cubs T-shirt, one had one of my TOPs (Top Opportunity Program—run by the United States of America Gymnastics’ national coaching staff) T-shirts and all of them wore shorts and tennis shoes. They brought my favorite toys: a yo-yo, several swim noodles and Nerf dart guns. Then they attacked me with the noodles and dart guns. It was fun. I am complimented by their actions, since as the saying goes, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The Bible has much to say about imitation. Consider Ephesians 5:1: “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” When we live a life of sacrificial love by the power of the Holy Spirit we honor God in Christ. Choosing to love means we choose to reflect Christ and His sacrifice on the cross for our sin.
Look also at Hebrews 13:7: “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” God has put people of faith in our lives. Look at their lives in Christ, and remember the wisdom of the Word they shared with you and their counsel on spiritual matters. Imitate the people of faith in your life, even as you are a person of faith another can imitate.
The highest praise we can give to God is to imitate His Son through our words and actions by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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