Are you an imitator? Consider all the examples out in this world that you can copy. Consider the ones in the movies, on shows, and in the news, is there any worth imitating? Is there one who is worth imitating their example? Are you being a good example for your wife and kids and this world to imitate?
What is an imitator?
Someone who copies the behavior, appearance, or speech of someone else. Imitators can be pupils, admirers, or competitors of the original person. Imitators can also be animals that mimic the traits of other species for survival or attraction.
Answer from Bing.com to the question “What is an imitator?”
- Gozaemon, a Japanese potter who imitated the style of his master.
- Carlo del Mantegna, an Italian painter who learned from Andrea Mantegna.
- Catherine II, a Russian empress who followed the reforms of Peter the Great.
- A person who can imitate the voice of a famous singer or actor.
Therefore, let’s be the dads who are imitators of God by copying Him and following His example. Moreover, let’s be the dads who step it up by living our lives as well-beloved children who each day choose to live out “today” better than yesterday. Finally, let’s choose to live our lives to the fullest by modeling our lives and our fatherhood after our Heavenly Father!
So how can we apply today’s verse of the day to become the dads God created, purposed, and planned for us to be? How can we be imitators as husbands, fathers, and children of God?
Applications of Ephesians 5:1 towards becoming an imitator of God and fulfilling our purpose from God:
- Practice Unconditional Love: Just as God’s love for us is unwavering, strive to love your family unconditionally. Love them even when they make mistakes, and show forgiveness.
- Lead with Sacrifice: God sacrificially gave His Son for us. Similarly, sacrificially give your time, energy, and resources to your family’s well-being.
- Demonstrate Kindness: God’s kindness is boundless. Treat your family with kindness and respect in all your interactions.
- Cultivate Patience: God is patient with us. Exercise patience with your children as they grow and learn, and be patient with your spouse in times of disagreement.
- Speak Encouraging Words: God’s words are uplifting and comforting. Speak words of encouragement and affirmation to your family members, fostering a positive atmosphere at home.
- Live with Integrity: God is the epitome of truth and honesty. Let your actions and words align, and be a role model of integrity for your family.
- Prioritize Spiritual Growth: Seek to grow spiritually and encourage your family to do the same. Lead family prayers, engage in meaningful discussions about faith, and attend worship together.
- Practice Humility: God is the ultimate example of humility. Admit your mistakes, ask for forgiveness when necessary, and model humility in your interactions with your family.
- Promote Unity: Just as God is one, strive for unity within your family. Work together, make decisions collectively, and support one another’s goals and aspirations.
- Serve Others: God serves us through His grace and blessings. Encourage your family to serve others in your community, and lead by example through your own acts of service.
By applying these principles, you can become an imitator of God as a father, husband, and child. Remember that it’s a continuous journey of growth, and no one is perfect. But by striving to embody these qualities, you can create a loving and Christ-centered environment within your family.