When our youngest daughter Julia was just a toddler and learning the fine art of walking like a Big Girl (without falling smack on her forehead every four or five steps! Ouch!) she would often imitate the walk of our dear Italian friend Claudio. She loved him. And rightly so. Claudio showered her with loving adoration, speaking to her with an incredibly animated face, in his sing-songy oh-so-fabulous-Italian accent. And almost every phrase he spoke ended in Juliatina–Piccolina. Yep, Claudio held a very special position in Julia’s life. And Julia showed her love right back to him by trying to master his same walk.
So Claudio–dark skinned, with dark hair and dark eyes–standing erect and taking very long strides with both hands clasped behind his back, would lead as Julia followed. And, oh, she followed him! Our little Julia–our little red-headed-curly-haired toddler, with bright blue eyes–would follow very closely behind Claudio, imitating him as precisely as possible, with her hands firmly clasped behind her back and taking the longest strides her chubby little legs would allow. Claudio and Julia would laugh and take great joy in recognizing just how very similar their walks were!
Our God takes great joy in us! Our God celebrates with us as our lives reflect His truth and shine with His Love–as we choose to walk as Jesus walked! As we choose to obey our Abba’s Word just as Jesus obeyed! And as we choose to be imitators of our God as His dearly loved children!
If anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.
1 John 2:5-6
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
Walk THIS way! Walk like JESUS walked!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane