Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019
Reference text: John 5:17-30
John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
While some choose to add salt before pepper while cooking, others prefer to do it in reverse. Thus, it can be inferred that everybody has their own approach to doing the very same things in the kitchen. However, when one cooks out of a recipe book for the very first time, the order of events is often an exact mimicry of the process inscribed in the recipe. The reason for doing so is rather clear: ‘following the same process, should give the same outcome’.
One fact parents and guardians often ignore is that a child’s attitude in their early years will likely be a reflection of the environment within which they grow up. Interestingly, young people who are yet to develop their own ideals about life are seen as perfect blank canvasses and as platforms on which we can paint whatever we want and expect a long term compliance.
This is done oblivious of the fact that many of those we call ‘blank canvasses’, have brush strokes on the them as a consequence of intentional and unintentional observation. Simply put, they have their eyes firmly fixated, closely watching and learning from the world around them which includes people and ideologies. Hence, not only do they reflect the paintings drawn on their canvasses by others, they become an aggregate of what they see and hear.
In these words of Jesus: ‘ as I see my father do, so I do’, we can infer that He did not need to seek permission to do the same thing because a child trust’s their parent enough to believe whatever they do, is right and worth imitating.
Beloved, we are surrounded by many who may not yet be discerning enough to exercise the ability to differentiate right from wrong. Hence, even without our permission, they make us their yardsticks and role models. What we say or do, as well as where we step, is exactly what they will mimic when given the opportunity. Let us therefore consciously live with the realisation that others look up to us.
Remember # be careful what you do because someone is watching you and will do just as you do.