Today’s words of wisdom come from a troubled, talented, and tormented soul who was possessed of enormous, once in a generation beauty, and the same level of gift with her magnificent contralto voice. I speak of Judy Garland, (In my opinion no one has ever touched her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”). Yet despite “having it all,” Judy took her life on June 22, 1969.
She struggled over her lifetime trying to discover just exactly who and what she was. The hunger for this knowledge is revealed in her advice to highly motivated people:
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” Judy Garland.
The last 30 some years have been marked by a plethora of “Elvis Impersonators” all of whom are pathetic by comparison to Elvis.
What can we, who are identified a “Christ Imitators” do to avoid the inward turmoil faced by the above and other types of imitators? First keep in mind that we Christians are not taught, biblically to “imitate” but to be human vessels through which Christ’s Spirit works, thus causing us to be genuine, rather than a cheap imitation.
In the biblical sense when a Christian is surrendered to the will of Christ, he/she is a human version of Christ walking about the earth. In life situations, we are constrained by the love, the power of Christ. Imitators are always, just that imitators. Attention is paid to the original, the prints are much cheaper.
So, in the long range of life, it is vital that we take inventory, and by God’s grace determine who and what we are, precisely what is God’s purpose in our life.
When we become anything less than genuine Christ vessels, via the filling/controlling of the Holy Spirit we are deceiving ourselves. The most miserable imitator of all time is mentioned by Paul in 2Corinthians 11:14 “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”
Jesus Christ is THE Light of the world and of you!
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