Just As He Walked

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One of my favorite songs speaks about getting closer to God and looking more like Him.

Here are some of the lyrics:

LIKE A CHILD WALKING IN THEIR FATHER’S SHOES
I JUST WANNA LOOK A LITTLE MORE LIKE YOU
EVERY DAY’S ANOTHER STEP FORWARD
I, I GET A LITTLE CLOSER
(A Little Closer by Group One Crew)
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Late this afternoon, I made a trip to the grocery store.
As I pushed my cart into the check out line, a young man working for the store asked me if he could unload my cart for me and place my items on the line.
When the purchasing process was over, he had everything in the cart again for me.
Next, he pushed my cart as I walked along beside him all the way out to my car in the parking lot.
He was incredibly respectful.
He inquired about my day, so I told him a bit about how it had been.
In turn, I asked him if he was a student at the local high school.
He told me that he had been, but that he was now in college.
“Do you have a major yet?” I asked.
His answer was a normal one, but the last four words resounded in my mind in bold thought.
He said he was getting a criminal justice degree and that he was going to become a policeman and work for “OPD” (a nearby department) “just like my dad.”

Thanking him for his help, we said goodbye to each other.

I drove away comparing what he had just said to the lyrics of the song that I like so much.

This young man was training with intent.

He knew what he wanted, and he was setting his course in order to reach that goal.

The crown of that goal was to be just like his dad.

“Like a child walking in their father’s shoes, I just wanna look a little more like you….”

What is my goal in life, really?

What is my goal for today?

And tomorrow?

Is it to be a little more like God?

Every day, changing and getting closer to Him?

If someone asks me about my goals, would I tell them that I just want to be more like Jesus?

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He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

–1 John 2:6

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What Your Heart Desires

 

 

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Who gets to decide what we like or what our dreams and goals should be?

In an article I was reading, the author recounted a decision that she had made.

It had been a tough choice.

Was the option she chose actually the wrong one?

That’s something I can’t answer, but it made me begin to reevaluate my own thoughts about pleasing other people.

The author had determined to give her home a makeover.

Choosing a new color scheme, those who were working for her wanted certain items to be replaced.

That included something that had been handmade for her.

Something she really cared about.

Something she really, really liked.

So, what was the problem?

The people doing the upgrade on her home thought that this cherished possession was the wrong color.

It wasn’t broken.

It looked nice.

It still served its purpose.

It just happened to be the “wrong” color for someone else’s tastes.

Well, now.

What did she do?

After having great difficulty with the whole idea, the author got rid of her special belonging.

Later, she considered many aspects of why she had wanted to keep it, and, in the end, felt that she had made a good choice.

As I considered her decision, I had to rummage through my thoughts about why this made me a little uncomfortable.

It was her house, right?

She gets to pick what’s in it and what’s not, right?

If her handmade item was important to her, was pleasing other people about a color scheme even more important?

Actual things may not be that significant in the long run, but allowing others to push us toward a decision that we are not convinced of seems to rid us of our identity and, in some cases, our dreams.

Dreams that God may have placed within our hearts.

Dreams that are attached to a heavenly purpose.

We wouldn’t want to be swayed away from those just because other people thought they  didn’t “fit” with how they thought our lives should go.

Psalm 20:4 reads,

May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose.

What dreams and goals has God planted in your heart today?

 

 

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