It’s laundry day. Even though I dislike most housework, I enjoy washing clothes. My mom let me help her do laundry when I was little. She made it fun by singing hymns while we worked. I handed her clothes pins until I was tall enough to reach the line myself. I love singing, hymns, and washing clothes because of Mom. All these years later, laundry reminds me of her.

The Bible says we should imitate God. How on earth can we do that, when we can’t see Him? We need a flesh and blood model to imitate, so God gave us Jesus. Christians are followers of Jesus. We watch him and do as he does, just as I learned by imitating my mom.

Jesus didn’t ever seem to hurry, and yet he got a lot done in three years of earthly life. He spent hours alone, listening to God and talking to him. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing,” (John 5:19 NIV). Maybe, if I wasn’t in such a hurry, I could get more accomplished, too, by spending more time listening to God’s still small voice.

According to the Bible, when we imitate Jesus, other people will imitate us. “You became imitators of us and of the Lord . . .and so you became a model to all the believers. . .” (1 Thessalonians 6a & 7a NIV). Imagine the impact of millions of people imitating Jesus. It begins with us. We can set aside time to listen to God and talk to Him. We can read the Bible to learn how Jesus behaved. With God’s help, we can imitate Jesus while inspiring other people to imitate Him, too.

Have a blessed day, remembering and giving thanks for all the things you enjoy doing, simply because you imitated someone who loved you.

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