As a kid, the last thing you want to hear is, “You’re a copy cat!” We all want to think we are one of a kind, an original! I have often wondered where in the world that phrase even came from anyway. I mean, have you ever known a cat who copied?! Have you even known of a finicky feline who cared enough about another human or animal to even notice them, much less, imitate them?! Cats are the most independent, “don’t tell me what to do,” “I don’t need you,” “leave me alone please,” creatures I know!
Now, monkeys? Those animals copy! They imitate. You scratch, they scratch. You make a funny noise to them, they make it right back. They are the real copycats, but I guess ‘copymonkeys’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it!
Here’s the thing: we need to be copycats, in a sense. We don’t want to be women who live phrases like, “don’t tell me what to do, “”I don’t need you,” “Leave me alone, please.” Rather, we need to find another woman who can show us what to do, how to act and react… we do need somebody! We need to look to somebody we admire and imitate her. They pray, we pray. They respond with patience, we respond with patience. We all need to find somebody we can copy… somebody to be a hero for our hearts.
Paul urged the Christians in Corinth to “Be imitators of me as I imitate Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) He wasn’t setting himself up as ‘Super Christian’ and letting everyone know that he had arrived. No, he was just saying, ‘you need to look to somebody who has walked a few steps ahead of you and follow along.’ Girl, I have done that — I have found a few women who have walked a few steps ahead of me and I’ve followed them; they’ve become heroes for my heart. They are women who I look to. I watch their lives and I imitate them because I see them imitating Christ. Who do you know that imitates Christ? Identify who she is and study her. Note how she and you differ and what Christ-like qualities she has that you can begin to emulate.