Some of our best times as a family are when we gather around the table and share a meal. There’s lots of talking, laughing, and eating. But my favorite time of the meal is when we all bow our heads, clasp our hands, and pray together.
Claire (our 5-year-old granddaughter) has been the one to pray before we eat for a couple of years, but now Caroline (our 2-year-old granddaughter) has decided she wants to say the prayer, too. So Claire prays first, and then Caroline.
Claire ends her prayer with the sweetest sentence: We know your name, Jesus, Amen. I’m not sure where she heard that, but I love it. Caroline now imitates Claire, and she prays and then ends with, We know your name, Jesus, Amen.
It’s amazing how children imitate those they’re closest to. This reminds me of Ephesians 5:1-2, which says, Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Paul gives us a clear call to action.
Be imitators of God. We need to imitate God so that those around us (family, friends, people we meet) will see Jesus. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’ll ever be perfect, but we need to follow so closely that we reflect His character.
I think there’s an urgency.
Our world is changing fast, and we are inundated with evil. Matthew 24:12 talks about the last days and says, Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. I’m certainly seeing this more and more.
But we can’t give up; we can’t lose hope. Our kids and grandchildren need to see Jesus, and it’s up to us to share our faith and imitate God.
Lord, help us to imitate you. The enemy wants to keep us from studying your word and gathering with other believers. He wants us to fill our lives with everything but YOU. The enemy is a liar. We know you are all we need; let us cling to You. We know your name, Jesus, Amen!
Let your beauty shine from the inside out today!