Friday, September 5, 2008

Monkey See, Monkey Do

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children."
Ephesians 5:1

"Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord."
Ephesians 8-10

As I read these verses, I thought of Keagan--how he has started imitating and mimicking Matt and me. He wants to do what we do. He wants to say what we say. He wants to be like us.

This is not always a good thing, though.

Some days, I fall painfully short of a model worth mimicking. Some mornings I am grouchy. Two babies never fail to poop at the same time, the wipes dispenser is mysteriously bare, and I can't find Kate's pacifier anywhere, even though she owns a running total of around 6. My tone is often demanding and curt, and my patience is almost nonexistent.

The terrifying truth here is: Keagan does not choose only the good and right and true things to emulate in me; he imitates the bad right along with the good.

We learned this the hard way one afternoon while making grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Matt was in charge of the feast while I was busy at the table with Keagan. The cheese was not cooperating for Matt, so, without any thought, he huffed, "Crap." Not two seconds later, the dreaded word came clear as day out of our 2 year old's mouth. "Crappp." Pronounced better than any other word in his limited vocabulary.

Needless to say, this was a stark awakening for our family.

We have to ask ourselves: Who are we imitating?

Who am I imitating? Am I really seeking to have the mind of Christ? Do I truly believe that a soft answer turns away wrath? Am I honestly seeking to live in God's Will and not my own?

Keagan is my son, and he wants to be like me.

We are God's children. Do we want to be like Him?

All scripture taken from:
English Standard Version (ESV) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.



  1. All too often I find myself being an imitator of those around me. We pick up little sayings, Like "What the crap?" (I got that from you. ;) Or when my knee jerk reaction to something negative is to say something that should be trumped with a bleep. I get that from my Mother. God made us to be imitators. When will we learn that He is the only one to imitate? Thanks Cara. I always need a reminder.

  2. Its great how God gives us opportunities of learning through our childrens eyes! We serve an awesome God! Your children are precious!