The longer I live, the more I realize that I have very few if any original thoughts. Now that can be a bit depressing, since I like to think that I AM a creative and original thinker. Yet how many times have I been struck with my own 'brilliant and original idea' only to 'google it' and find 10,000 or more 'hits' ?
The point? The posts on this Blog site are most likely ALL in the category of "THIS MORNING I WAS THINKING".
And speaking of This morning..... a Couple of "Thoughts"
"Be imitators of God"
Imitation and replication are not the same. We don't replicate what God does. We imitate it in our own way, mindful that the dissimilarity between God and us is greater than the similarity. Imitation is not the primary way in which we relate to God. We don't just watch and learn from God, as a toddler watches and learns from his mother. A toddler and his mother are two independent and separate people, acting independently.
We are not independent of God in that way. God is not absent from the space we inhabit, and our intellects and wills are carried on the wings of God's presence and activity. When we give, it is God's gifts that we pass on and it is God who gives through us. By giving we are instruments of God's giving.
But we do imitate God, also. But how, giving this intimate relationship between God and us? Take the toddler again as an example... The toddler will watch his mom as she sweeps the floor by taking his own small broom and copying her. They are working together. The son does what he sees the mother do. He participates in his mom's work by imitating it.
It's different in our relationship with God. We do imitate God, but not just by observing at a distance. God is not only above us. Jesus Christ is not just a figure from the past . God is in us. Christ lives through us. We imitate God as instruments of God. God gives, and we make God's giving our own.
Oh yeah, these 'original thoughts' - or "This morning I was thinking" probably came from the book Free of Charge, by Miroslav Volf. You can check it out by clicking on the icon below