EMULATE… to follow, copy… to mirror. As your children grow and mature… to whom do you think they will “look up to,” first and foremost? You? Or someone else? Who is their role model? Who do they look up to? Who do they want to be like when they grow up? We should all ask ourselves that question… If we don’t know who our own child wants to emulate, then it’s very likely NOT ourselves. If it is not, then… why?
Who did you want to emulate as you were growing up? Likely your Father, your Uncle, an older Brother, or your best friend’s Father? And, yes… John Wayne, Elvis Pressley, Albert Einstine…and maybe, John Fitzgerald Kennedy… all… likely were candidates for emulation.
In my own case, it seems to me… that my two son’s want to emulate me, and seemingly… they have, in many areas. I base that own how they treat me, how they react to the things that I say… and our overall relationship. My daughter tells me that she always wanted to marry someone just like her Father. I think that her husband has many of the same traits that I have; so maybe she’s been successful. Only time will prove that.
Does all of this make me a “perfect father?” Well…eh… eh… of course it does.
Heck NO! We all know better than that. I wish. I think, though, that those characteristics in my life, which my children would most dislike about me, are those things that they realize (hopefully) is simply… proof-positive that their Dad is not perfect; and they lovingly… give me a “free-ride” on those issues.
With that said, I believe (and hope that I’m correct) that they are, all, smart enough to pick-up on those quality traits and codify them for their own use, and ignore those negative traits; giving their ole’man the benefit of the doubt.
But, you know… there is a FATHER-figure that all of mankind can, and should, make every effort to emulate…and that, of course, would be Our Father in Heaven; Our Lord Jesus Christ. You know, the One who… when creating each of us, did so by using Himself, as the Mold. He must LOVE us very much; as he created us in His own Image… guiding each of us through our walk in life. God, Our Lord Jesus… gave us this Gift of Creation… so that, we might emulate Him.
Emulate…WOW… what a powerful word. I love it.
He reminds us through the words of King Solomon, son of David…in Proverbs 3:1-3 – My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
I love you Jesus… …Blessings…cjlb…1/18/2017