Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We are all made in the image and likeness of God. ... In order to be ourselves, we need to be like Him. Jesus told us frequently, "Come follow me." You could say that we are programmed to imitate somebody, or more accurately, we are programmed to imitate Somebody with a Capital S.

A lot of people in today's world have the idea that we are supposed to be completely independent, and that being ourselves means being as weird and offbeat as possible. I'm sure you know people who try to express themselves by calling attention to themselves through wearing strange clothes, getting weird tattoos and piercings. ...

In spite of this modern emphasis on individuality, the urge to follow and to imitate cannot be driven completely from our minds. But many of our peers, our friends and neighbors have never had an encounter with Jesus Christ, the God Man. So, they can't figure out whom to follow. They follow pop stars or sports heroes or political figures, all the while going to great lengths to distinguish themselves and demonstrate their uniqueness.

The irony of this pose of independence is that Jesus is the one person we can follow and not lose ourselves or our identity. In fact we become more ourselves than ever. We can become the best versions of ourselves, by following Jesus. ~Jennifer Roback Morse

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