An Imitator

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"Mom, tell Danny to stop," said Susan as she came in the back door with her little brother following her.

"Danny, are you teasing your sister again?" Mom asked.

"No," replied Danny with his thumb in his mouth.

"He is, too!" Susan stomped her foot. "Every time I move, he moves the same way I do. He repeats almost everything I say, too. I can't do anything without having him copy me. It's so annoying!"

"I'm sorry it bothers you, honey," said Mom. "I don't think he does that to tease you, though. It shows that he loves you--he wants to be like you."

Susan looked at little Danny. "He does?" she asked.

Mom nodded. "Actually, it should please you," she said.

"Well . . ." Susan hesitated. "I guess so."

"Did you know there's someone who wants you to imitate Him?" asked Mom.

"Who?" asked Susan. She couldn't imagine who that could be. "Dad?"

"No, not Dad. Jesus," Mom told her. "He set an example for you and asked that you follow Him and do as He did." Mom smiled at Susan. "Why don't you read the four Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John--and see how Jesus responded to people and what He said about things. As you find various characteristics of Jesus, write them down so you can remember them and practice them."

"Sounds like a lot of work," said Susan.

"Yes, but you probably already know many of them," replied Mom. "Can you think of any now?"

"Ah . . . He was forgiving," Susan said. "He said we should forgive each other."

"Good start," approved Mom, "I'm sure you'll find many more. Maybe you'd like to pick one of them and especially practice that one for a week or two. It should soon become a habit. Then you could choose another."

"Well, okay . . . I'll try it," agreed Susan. She thought for a moment, then grinned. "I already know which characteristic I'm going to work on first," she said as she grabbed hold of her little brother's hand. "Jesus loves little children, so I'm sure He'd spend time with them when He could. Come on, Danny. Let's go play outside some more."

How About You?
Do you follow Jesus' example? It's a way to show that you really love Him. Maybe you'd like to read through the Gospels, too, and see how many characteristics of Jesus you can find. As you read, remember that Jesus practiced what He preached. When He says you should love others or forgive them, you know He does that, too. To be more like Him, which characteristic will you especially work on first? Depend on the Holy Spirit for help as you follow Jesus' example.

Today's Key Verse:
I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
(John 13:15)

Today's Key Thought:
Imitate Jesus