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Being a Copycat

18th Sunday after Pentecost
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 24
for Sunday, October 16, 2011
lectionary focus: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-9

Good morning!
Simon says, put your hands on top of your head.
Simon says, put your fingers in the air.
Simon says, listen to this.

Playing Simon Says can be fun. But the other day at school, my friend Zachary had a problem. His friend Miles started copying him. Every thing that Zachary did, Miles did, too. If Zach laughed, Miles laughed. If Zach went to get water, Miles went to get water. If Zach took a bite of his chicken sandwich, Miles took a bite. If Zach chose library centers, Miles chose library centers. Zach got tired of Miles being a copycat! “He’s copying me!!!” Zach complained to his teacher, to his coach, to his mom. But all of them just smiled and said, “Miles thinks you are cool and he wants to be cool just like you.”

In our Bible story today, we find out that God wants us to be copycats. But He wants us to be copycats of Jesus. Jesus lived here in the world to show us how we should live here in the world. To be a copycat of Jesus, we can answer the question: “What would Jesus do?” Then when we share like Jesus shared; when we help like Jesus helped; when we are friendly like Jesus was friendly, we are copying Jesus and we are living the way we God wants us to live. Yep, being a copycat of Jesus is definitely the way to be cool.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You for friends.
Thank You for Jesus.
Help me
to be a copycat of Jesus.

We are not Christians alone. My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.