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Follow Christ by imitation

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Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. I Corinthians 11:1

Saturday night was bath night at our house.

First, a small amount of water was put in the tub, and the baby had her bath. Then, more water and bubble bath was added for John and me. Bill and Dan thought they were too old for bubbles, so after they added their water, the bubbles were scooped out and put in the toilet. The tub was drained, and Mom got fresh water.

Last of all was Dad, but first, he had to shave. Four little boys all clean and in their pajamas would line up to watch him.

Of course, he had a routine. He shaved Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings. He would strip down to his underwear. His farmer’s tan stood stark against the whiteness of the rest of him. He would hang a wash cloth over the front edge of the sink to catch any extra water, then he filled the sink with hot water. He shook the can of Barbasol, so that it was ready. The hot water would be splashed on his face to soften the whiskers. Quickly before they stiffened, a gush of cream was put in the hand and rubbed on his face. Using a double edge razor, he could remove the cream and all the whiskers.

"How does it feel, Daddy?"

"Smooth as a baby’s butt," was always his reply. Then we all got to feel the soft, smooth, moistness of his face. We all agreed, it was as smooth as a baby’s butt.

We would mimic his routine, standing at the sink in our underwear; we used a piece of cardboard to remove the shaving cream.

As Christians we are often reminded that we should follow Christ’s example and be like Him. I find this too difficult, too intimidating. How can I ever attain? (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Listening to Paul’s encouragement is easier. Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. I Corinthians 11:1. Around me there are so many examples of those following Christ whom I can learn from. I can imitate. I can mimic until it becomes natural, part of me.

I can imitate Dad’s kindness, Gram’s graciousness, Edith’s honesty, Krys’ finding joy in everyday living, Samuel’s loyalty and Eric’s peacefulness. As I imitate them, I learn to imitate Christ and follow Him.

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