I remember as a child how much I wanted to be like my father. I walked in his shadow, because I longed to be just liked him. I had such admiration for my father. He was humble, patient and gentle. Better yet, he was athletic and fun. I loved hearing his stories of the sports he played growing up, how hard he worked at them; his successes and accomplishments.
The more I heard my father’s stories, the more I wanted to be like him. As his stories weaved themselves into my head, setting up a home in my heart I had a much greater understanding of what it meant to imitate my father.
People called me a “tomboy,” but really, I was just a daddy’s girl. A girl wanting to be just like her father, because she knew she could trust him.
Ephesians 5:1 says, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.” I can’t help but think the best way to imitate our heavenly father is to know his stories, longing to be just like him, with such deep admiration and love, that we walk in his shadow with the hopes that maybe, just maybe we can become like him.
I’ve had people call me overly religious or a bit of a over the top with this whole Jesus thing, but really, I’m just a daddy’s girl, longing to be just like her heavenly father.
Maybe the best way to live out Ephesians 5:1 is not really to do much of anything, except to sit at our father’s feet, resting in the word of God, allowing it to be our greatest delight. In doing so, we’ll have a better understanding of how to imitate our father as we grow in deep admiration for Him and His love for us. Imitating our father flows out of us from his stories, stored up in our hearts, as we rest in his faithfulness for our lives, in Jesus name.