Ephesians 5:1: “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.”

To imitate someone you would have to take a good look at the person and get familiar with his or her ways.  Ask any actor preparing for a character role. To deliver a great performance, actors immerse themselves in the life style, way of thinking, and mannerisms of the human being they are impersonating. This is what sets apart good acting from bad acting.

The same is true when it comes to imitating God. We all need to take a good look at His ways to become His imitator. God is so many things, but one of His finest features is His untiring ability to love. His love never stops. Try to imitate just that, and you have a lifelong assignment. About God’s finest feature a follower of Jesus named John wrote in one of His letters (1 John 4:16):

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”

Of course we can’t love like God does, we’re human beings. We’re not God. But as God’s children this becomes a different matter, since we actually experience His love first hand. Wow! He loves us so much! If you got plenty to eat it’s no big deal to have someone over for dinner. If love is heaped upon you it’s quite natural to spread the love wherever God puts you – that’s how we’re in love’s business – and with that we have just scratched the surface of imitating God, because God is so many other things too.

Have you ever wondered why we’re here on this earth? Lots of philosophers have tried to crack the code of this mystery: Why am I here? Well, it’s quite simple really – or not so simple depending on your outlook on life: we’re here to be a blessing. Nothing more, and nothing less! Spreading our blessing, we won’t face any regrets on the day we die.

James is one of those people who like to dig. Similar to a dog digging up bones James is digging deep into God’s wisdom, and he comes up with these beautiful nuggets (James 3:13):

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.”

God did lots of good works by calling everything into being, by saving us after we messed up, by loving on us every single day of our lives, and last but not least, by giving us good, solid advice. In His uncanny ability to discern an opportune moment to speak wisdom into our lives, He will never force His advice down our throats. God is often misunderstood as the Big Brother watching us, not unlike a law enforcement officer prone to catch us doing something bad. It’s quite the contrary though: Observing us from the moment we were born, God seeks to profoundly understand our hearts. That’s why God can speak our hearts’ language, and that’s why He can understand us so much better than we can understand ourselves.

So, if you feel like you don’t fit in anywhere, you feel misunderstood and don’t even understand yourself at times, God absolutely does. Get in touch with God and you’ll be surprised. You’ll be able to get in touch with yourself like never before. Do you know what a blessing that is? Understanding yourself better opens the door to understanding other people better. Now you can relate and be a blessing to someone. And that, my friend, is the way the cookie crumbles!

“I’m just a soul whose intentions are good, o Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.”  (Animals lyrics)

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