Sunday, June 1, 2008

Outdoor Devotion: Imitation

My favorite all-time fishing lure has got to be the Rapala minnow. Not just any Rapala but the original, floating minnow in silver. Without a doubt this is my go-to bait. I have full confidence that if I was to walk up to a farm pond, lake, river or stream I'd never fished before and cast this lure a fish would strike.
The Rapala was designed to mimmic a wounded minnow having a "wiggle fish can't resist" and if you cast it into still water, allow it to sit a few seconds (until the water's ripples have disappeared) and give it a little twitch, it drives bass crazy. It's lifelike movement triggers a piscatorial reaction anglers have appreciated for years.
It has been said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. My prayer for you, brother or sister, is that your life will be an imitation of our Savior, Jesus. Your coworkers, neighbors, family and complete strangers will see the way you live and say, "There's something different about him/her." That difference is the Spirit of the living God working in His followers, forming and shaping us into the very image of Jesus. The word christian literally means "little Christ". May our lives imitate Him and may we wear His name in a worthy manner.
" imitators of God, as dearly loved children." Ephesians 5:1

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