Copying can be the greatest form of flattery, but not when your 5-year-old is doing it to your 9-year-old who is in tears screaming at her sister to stop copying her! The tears and boo-hooing embolden Livi to do it more, much to Addy’s dissatisfaction. I try to calm Addy down by saying Livi is just trying to play or is just wanting to be like her which is a compliment. She never buys my words.
I can relate. There was a situation while I was pregnant with Livi. Another woman was pregnant the same time and we were about a month a part. Every time something happened in my pregnancy it all of a sudden happened in hers within a couple of days. The first couple of times it happened it was “wow, what a coincidence.” After that it became apparent it was not a coincidence. I felt really frustrated and irritated, and not to mention hormonal, too. I did my best to distance myself from the person and the situation but that proved difficult. I quit using social media because she would see what I was doing and then post online copying it. I arrived at the hospital to deliver Olivia and Reed took a picture of our check-in wrist bands. He excitedly put them on Facebook. I knew this person would see it and instantly have to come deliver her baby too. And she did. Even though she wasn’t due for several more weeks.
When people copy your life, what life do they see? Are they copying frustration and anger, or are they copying selfless love and grace? When you get copied do you show that person Jesus’ grace, mercy, love and joy, or do you show them anger, hurt, jealousy and strife? Be the person, that if someone were to copy you, you’d be proud of what came out from them. Live your life on display so that the love of Christ can be seen shining for millions of people and openly invite each and everyone of them to copy your life and your love of Christ.
Copying is the greatest form of flattery, but make sure the original is worth copying.
Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Matthew 22:37 – And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and will all your mind.”
Galatians 1:10 – For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
James 1:2-4 – Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Mark 16:15 – And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
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