你小的时候，有没有玩过那种有趣却令人讨厌的游戏，就是别人说啥你也说啥，别人做啥你做啥。如果他们举起胳膊，你也举起胳膊；如果他们说话，你也一字不差地重复他们的话。甚至他们说：“嘿，住口！” 你也说：“嘿，住口！” 可能一时会觉得搞笑，除非你是那个被模仿的人。反正最后，你一定把别人惹毛了。
January 12 – Mimic
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
E P H E S I A N S 5 : 1
As a kid, did you ever play that fun but annoying game where you repeated everything someone said and did? If they moved an arm, then you would move your arm in the same way. If they spoke, you would repeat what they said verbatim. If they said, “Hey, stop it!” then you would say, “Hey, stop it!” too. It was funny (for a while, or unless you were the one being copied),
and then it eventually got on everyone’s nerves.
Imitating God is a lot different than that game. It’s more like the moment when a little boy, after watching his dad shaving in the mirror, puts shaving cream on his face, picks up a razor (with the cap still on, of course!), and begins to practice the strokes up and down his face. Every father who has experienced this moment can’t help but smile.
When we imitate God, we aren’t playing a game where we merely repeat him like a robot responding to a command. When people copy God like that it can become really annoying really quickly. Instead, as we watch God, we learn to do what he does. When we follow his actions, his words, and his heart, we tend to put his movements into practice. In this way, when we mimic God, a smile spreads across his face, for we are becoming more and more like him.
Pray for the Day:
Lord Jesus, so much of my life doesn’t imitate you. Align my thoughts, my words, and my actions with yours. Amen.