When I was a little girl and someone made the unpardonable sin of saying something you said, or wearing the same clothes you had worn; you would look at them while standing with your friends, and with your nose turned up would say “monkey see, monkey do”. As you walked away you would roll your eyes and hold your head up to emphasize your point.
As children we don’t like it when someone emulates us or “copies off us”, as we used to say. They’re seen as a follower, not someone you want to hang around. But, as adults does the same principle apply? Are we offended when someone “copies off you”? If so, why?
Could it be that by that person doing what you do, you get a glimpse of yourself? It’s so much easier to look at someone and point the finger, but much harder to point the finger at ourselves. If I get frustrated and say “hell”, Matthew is very quick to say “Mommy don’t say bad words because if you say it, then I’ll say it”. Of course, I look at him and want to laugh, but can only sigh at his wisdom.
We should be reminded also of the song that says “talk is cheap…”. In other words, you can talk all day long, but what you do is what people are really watching. If you gossip about the boss at work, don’t be surprised when your co-workers begin to bring gossip to you. If you tell a lie and your children know it, don’t be surprised when they tell a lie.
Why don’t you turn it around? Smile at someone today, I guarantee they will smile back. Find a way to add value to someone, you will get a great return on your investment. Be that person that people emulate for the good!
Matthew 5:16 – Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand–shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. The Message Bible
Love you to life and shine on!