The other morning on my way to work the car driving in front of me stopped suddenly and I had to slam on my car brakes. My left arm automatically shot out to protect the person in the seat next to me even though there was no-one sitting there. My response was immediate and totally automatic. I did, however, stop my handbag from taking a bad tumble!!
My mother used to do the same thing. If she had to brake suddenly her left arm would shoot out to protect the passenger next to her from going through the wind shield.
As I carried on driving I thought how amazing it would be if my spiritual life was just as automatic. If my time spent with God during the day became such a habit that I didn’t even have to think about it. How incredible if, on opening my eyes in the morning, my first thought was of God. How different my life would be if I made praising and thanking God a habit. If, at all times, I would dwell on what the Word says:
“Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.” Philippians 4:8
How incredible it would be if we lived in such a way that our children saw God in us and copied our Godly ways – just as I instinctively copied my mother’s act of throwing out her arm to protect a passenger without her ever having said a word about this action– our children copied our lifestyle in Christ.
This thought made me aware of how often I am not an example of a Godly person!
Just as I imitated my mother by shooting out my arm, we are called to “be imitators of God…to live a life of love..,” Ephesians 5:1
My prayer is that from this day forward I will strive to live a life of love in obedience to Christ’s commands.
He has said that His grace is sufficient for us and I am going to cling to that truth!
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. – Charles Caleb Colton