I looked on in amusement as my daughter slid her cute little right foot into my black ballet flats, and after countless attempts, had her first success! Her foot slid to the front of my shoe and she clack-thudded the width of our master bedroom with surprising grace. How her one foot managed to stay in my shoe I would never know. But this is one of many examples of how my 19 month old loves to copy everything she sees her favorite humans doing.
Although walking in someone else’s shoe is a saying to encourage empathy and understanding, I want to highlight the sheer joy and pride our toddlers take in imitating everything they see daddy or mommy doing.
From a simple involuntary action of stretching and yawning, to mommy bending down to capture one of countless moments of our daughter, her almost instantaneous attempts to mimic our actions are so comical and heartwarming.
In the Footsteps of Jesus
Are we at the stage of intimacy in our relationship with Christ and learning who Christ is? Do we automatically find ourselves imitating Christ in our love for others, in thoughts, words and actions? Paul challenges us in 1 Corinthians 11:1 to imitate him just as he imitates the life of Christ.
For those of us who have grown up in Christian homes, attend church every Sunday like clockwork and read our Bible religiously, we may want to be quick to defend our exemplary Christian lives. The Word of God challenges us to do more, to walk like Christ.
Do we genuinely get along with others? Are we kind, tenderhearted, and easy going? Do we find it easy to forgive? Do we delight in walking in Jesus shoes? Do we take pleasure in asking ourselves: What would jesus do (WWJD) and actually follow through?
I challenge you my friends to walk in the footsteps of Jesus each and everyday. We must ensure every aspect of our lives are patterned after Jesus Christ.
Thank you ♥️