I recently bought one of the “Life Worth Imitating” shirts from Connection Central. As I was putting away the laundry the other day, it made me take pause for a moment when I saw it in the basket. “Do I live a life worth imitating?” I asked myself the question as I stared at the shirt. It wasn’t long after that I found myself seeking God fervently in prayer. “God, help me to live out the message on this shirt. Not just when I wear it, but every moment of my life.” We are humans. We are wired to screw up. It’s in our nature. I’ll be honest when I say that I don’t always live a life worth imitating. I just pray that as I advertise that I want to be like Jesus, I actually behave in a manner Jesus would be pleased with.
I am ashamed to tell you that I have had seasons when I can’t confidently wear that shirt. It embarrasses me to think I am so afraid of being human that I won’t allow myself to be real in my life. I remember not too long ago, I asked God to guard my heart because I was so intimidated by how others might judge me if I made a mistake while wearing apparel with a message. I realized that while I was trying to guard my heart from being judged, I was experiencing irrational fear. If I put my trust in God to show me grace and mercy when I make mistakes, I know He will help me have the courage to be me. He will guide my steps and help me be confident to share His love and kindness with the world.
My prayer for you is that if you desire to “Live a Life Worth Imitating,” you will not be hindered to try. Don’t let your fear of falling short of the mark stop you from sharing your witness. God commissioned us to share His truth will all nations. It’s time to step out of our fear, and show others why we are able to confidently walk in a way that others may see Him in us.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.