I know that many of you are returning to work today after your Christmas break. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! What did you do for Christmas, I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
I want to share with you a precious and profound moment from my Christmas vacation.
I spent Christmas with my Mom, Brother and Sister – in – law and their 2 adorable foster kiddos. I wish I could share with you their pictures, but because they are a part of the foster care system I can’t. So just imagine the 2 cutest kiddos you have ever seen and that is what they look like!
Christmas Eve I was doing my make up at a make shift vanity table I had created at the kitchen table using a mirror propped in a napkin holder. My niece, ( I’m going to refer to her as “Sweetie Pie” to protect her identity), decided she wanted to play with my make up as well.
Sweetie Pie is 2 years old so I knew that her playing with my mineral make up could be a little messy.
I gave her a small amount of mineral powder which she diligently applied to every corner of her face. She then insisted that I put my purple eye shadow on her eyelids. Because her eyelids were closed she never noticed that I switched brushes, so that I was using a brush without purple eyeshadow. Although I could tell by her studious glances between the mirror and my face that she might have been noticing a discrepancy between her lids and mine.
When it came time for mascara, I told Sweetie Pie to close her eyes. I had planned to use my switching brushes trick from earlier and instead of using the mascara wand on her eyelashes use a clean brush to gently rub her lashes.
But Sweetie Pie was having none of that. She immediately shook her head no, looked straight in the mirror and began to imitate my “mascara face.” She opened her eyes wide and her mouth even wider into an oval shape. Sweetie Pie had figured out my tricks and was demonstrating that she knew the real way make up should be applied. Shocked at her perfect imitation of my mascara facial expression, and realizing I had been outwitted by Sweetie Pie, I laughed while I stroked the real mascara on her eyelids.
This adorable make up session with Sweetie Pie made me think:
1. I should never underestimate the intelligence of a 2 year old!
2. Who am I imitating and who is watching me?
Ephesians 5: 1-5 (ESV) Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
I want to imitate God and Him alone.
But there is a tension – a tension to imitate the people around me, the ideas I see, the images portrayed. These may even be good images or good people.
But if I am not looking to God first and foremost I begin to imitate people instead of God.
Jesus Christ was the perfect imitation of who God is.
Remembering Sweetie Pie’s instantaneous and perfect imitation of my facial expressions – fills me with a craving to know Jesus more.
If I know Him more, I can imitate Him better.
If I imitate Him, I will change and I will see trans formative change in the people around me.
This is my prayer for this new year:
Jesus, I want to be like you! Help me love the socially unacceptable. Let me open my arms to the lowest and the neglected.
Jesus, fill me with the same power that conquered death so that when I touch others they are healed mind, body and soul.
Jesus, give me a righteousness that looks like yours – pure, simple and humble –keeping my own self out of the pursuit of righteousness.
Jesus, give me boldness to speak your truth with love as my motivator and without fear of people’s opinions.
Jesus, I choose to actively maintain a constant connection with you, everyday – so I can look more like you.
I may have given Sweetie Pie a make up lesson this Christmas Eve, but she gave me something greater – A picture of how to watch, learn and emulate. May I be one who watches you Jesus, learns about you, and is quick to emulate you.
Do you experience that same struggle, to emulate others instead of Christ? How was your Christmas? What did you do to celebrate?