Devotional #345, July 26, 2020

Devotional #345
July 26, 2020
They say “imitation is the highest form of flattery”.  I would add that it depends on who or what you are imitating!  As I have 
mentioned before, we have a large number of mockingbirds around our home.  I have heard them imitate every other bird we have in our area.  They are so precise sometimes, that I mistake them for the real bird.  So, I wondered how they learn to do what they do.  And I found out that their parents serve as their mentors and teachers for the first year, and the young learn to mimic them.  As they grow, they listen to the sounds around them, and increase their repertoire up to 200 different songs.  Some have been known to also imitate sirens and alarms that they hear in city surroundings….amazing.  
So who do we imitate?  If we were blessed enough to have Christian parents and role models, hopefully, we learned good behaviors from them.  I had some wonderful teachers, especially my Art teachers, that I am pleased to say I choose to imitate and pattern my life after at times.  There are pastors, Sunday school teachers, wise friends and colleagues that have also made impressions on my personality and traits.  Perhaps you can think of those who have influenced you over the years, and those you would feel honored to imitate.  
My six year old granddaughter is with me this week, and I have been taking note of what she notices and repeats.  Certain phrases, terms, pronunciations that I recognize from her parents are apparent.  And then several television characters’ sayings have shown up as well.  And of course, it is our ultimate goal for her to learn to imitate Christ, and grow in spiritual wisdom and knowledge.  And that is Who we all should strive to imitate, model, mimic, and share with the needy world around us.  May we grow to become more like Him every day. 
1 Thessalonians 1:6  “But you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”