“If, instead of a gem or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as angels give” ~ George McDonald
Wednesdays are my favorite! 🙂 At our church, we have a program called “Rainbows” for our 3s and 4s. It’s discipleship, toddler-style! My favorite part is when they tell me their memory verses, so precious! Every week, I get lots of hugs, lots of giggles, and lots of sweet memories from when my three littles were “Rainbows” themselves!
Some weeks ago, I walked in the Rainbows room and one little guy looked at me and said, “Nana? No – you aren’t my Nana, but you look ‘zactly like her!” I thought it was precious – but it has also turned into a friendly joke about my age (when others heard this story, it was a great opportunity to tease me about looking like someone’s grandmother. It was to be expected, I guess! This post will probably renew those jokes!). I didn’t receive it in any negative way though – my little friend wasn’t making a commentary on my wrinkles (there are some!) or my gray hair (got a few of those too!). I think he was comparing me to the prettiest and sweetest lady he knows: his Nana. And guess how I measured up to his favorite person? I was ‘zactly like her! Not all comparison is bad 🙂
1 John 2:6 tells us that “he who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” (NKJV). If you call yourself a Christian, the comparison between you and Jesus ought to be obvious. Just as He walked – my little friend would say ‘zactly as He walked! Look at how the Message translates this verse:
“the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived” MSG
We ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived: compassionate and kind (Matthew 9:36, Matthew 14:14, Matthew 18:27, Mark 1:41), loving (John 13:34, John 15:9, John 17:23), forgiving (Matthew 5:23-24, Matthew 16:14-15, Matthew 18:21-22)…. that list could go on and on. Jesus sets such a tremendous example for us.
Sometimes we make life and the pursuit of godliness more complicated than it actually is In Psalm 15, David reminds us that clean living (though not always easy) is always simple:
“Walk straight, act right, tell the truth.
Don’t hurt your friend, don’t blame your neighbor; despise the despicable.
Keep your word even when it costs you, make an honest living, never take a bribe”
It will take staying in prayer and staying in the Word. It will take spending time with Jesus so we can learn his character. It will take a daily commitment, but the time spent will be a treasure ❤
Thinking again about my little Rainbow friend: his Nana is a friend of mine, and you know what? She is one of the sweetest and prettiest ladies I know too! My little friend’s compliment was really a gift. Praying that we will find ways to be ‘zactly like Jesus every day!