We all learn by imitation. Look at a baby learning to feed himself or walk…he’s watching his parents and siblings and mimicking what they do. As Children of God we are to be imitators of Him (Ephesians 5:1) and examples for the world to follow. But how well are we doing? We are told to be children of Light (I Thessalonians 5:5) spreading spiritual illumination into the darkness. We are told we are dearly loved children of God (Ephesians 5:1) that we may lavish that same kind love on others. We are called God’s Peacemakers, (Matthew 5:9) that we may demonstrate a truly selfless life of seeking out the wellbeing of others. Finally, we are called to be merciful just as our Father is merciful… that we may show mercy. (Luke 6:36) By imitating Christ to the world, we can emulate all the things that drew us to Him in the first place…and when we do, we give others the chance to be brought into the glorious freedom of also being called Children of God.