It is very endearing to me to have our kids say they want to be like me or like dad. ⁠

Charlie, our middle son, wanted to mow the lawn just like dad. He would stand on the steps of our front porch watching Todd mow and ask when he would be old enough. ⁠

One day while he was on the steps he declared that, “some day when he had hair on his chest, he too would be able to mow the lawn.”

It is funny that when he finally did get hair on his chest he no longer wanted to spend his Sunday mowing.⁠

Our kids learn about life, love and God by imitating us. As leaders of our homes it is a role that should be taken very seriously because of its power.⁠

Paul understood this when he wrote to the church of the Thessalonians. He reminds them it is evident that they were chosen because the gospel message was not only in their words but was seen in their action by the power of the Holy Spirit.⁠

He was thankful that they had become imitators of not only him, Silvanus and Timothy, but of the Lord. Even through hard times they imitated what they had seen and experienced and as a result they had become an example to all believers.⁠

“For the word of the Lord rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place that your faith in God has gone out.” 1 Thessalonians 1:8⁠

Our purpose it to imitate Him. God needs you to be an example of the life He wants others to have. ⁠

He wants us to be his children and imitate His son.⁠

How will you Imitate Him today?⁠

⁠PC: Carson our youngest 18 months (2002)

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