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Following In Daddy's Footsteps

Recently the boss brought his dog to work, a black lab, full of energy! I made the comment, “oh, for a tiny bit of that energy.” Everyone nodded in agreement.

I remember my grandma once saying to me, “I wish I had half your energy.” (Me too!)

The older we get, the slower we get, that’s a fact. Oh, how I long for heaven where we will not age! Come Lord Jesus.

My mom shared a story with me many years ago about a time when she was a baby. I could not remember all the details, so I gave her a quick call this morning.

My grandparents had friends over, two other couples, and they were observing my mom on the blanket my grandmother had spread on the floor for her. She was crawling around, rolling over, grabbing her toes etc.

They all watched as mom, just 6 months old, moved around with all the agility, determination and busyness that comes with that age.

Someone suggested that all the adults should imitate my mom. Try to picture 6 adults on the floor, imitating the movements of a baby. Rolling over, grabbing toes, trying to crawl…

Whatever moves mom made, they had to mimic, until they were too tired to mimic any longer.

Mom also mentioned, imagine this was a time when women only wore dresses, so there must have been an effort to stay covered.

The story goes, they did not last long. Baby Dee wore them out.

We are told to be imitators.

Imitators of God.

Ephesians 5:1 says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” ESV

What does it look like to mimic God? To imitate Him?

“Put on then…compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,” Colossians 3:12 ESV

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 ESV

When we imitate Jesus, how does that look to others? I hope they see, among other things, forgiveness and unconditional love.

“bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13 ESV

You say to yourself, “I’m never going to make it!” I can’t do this!”

And you would be right. On our own power, we will fail, repeatedly. But with Jesus taking the lead, we can become the sons and daughters that He created us to be.

Did you ever stand on your daddy’s shoes as he slowly danced with you to the music?

You didn’t know the steps, but he took your hands and invited you to stand on his shoes and he led the way. You had to do nothing but hold on to your father’s hands.

It’s the same with God. We don’t know the steps, we don’t know the plan, but if we just hold on in faith, it will soon become very clear.

What does it look like to walk in the footsteps of Jesus?

I have a faint memory of tromping through the snow with my dad. He invited me to step on his footprints telling me that by walking where he had already walked, it would make my trek much easier. And it did.

It is the same with our heavenly daddy. Our Abba invites us to follow in His Son’s footsteps.

1 Peter 2:21 tells us, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” ESV

We are often tempted to do things our way. We sometimes make plans that do not include Jesus. But He invites us to let Him do the planning; let Him do the leading.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV

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