Wisdom says that kids follow in the steps of their parents. Parents often like to argue and say that they would only hope that this was true, it seems like kids follow the advice and example of everyone but themselves. I often think that we miss the common words, and it doesn’t just apply to small kids.
We follow the steps of others. We look to people we admire, are jealous of, envy, respect, and even hate, study their actions, decisions, and experiences, and then pattern our own after theirs. We may try to wrap our egos up in a blanket of originality but most of the time it just isn’t there! The lead comes from others who in turn were looking outside of themselves who in turn… The cycle passes on through the generations.
God says, “Dear child, I want your full attention; please do what I show you.” (Proverbs 23.26)
The statement does not come to you or I as a casual request or demand, there is too much at stake. I hear it more as a plea because He considers us priceless and unique children that he cannot replace.
My own response to this and anyone who suggests that I am not making each and every decision on my own is one of frustration and often emotional anger. Of course I am making my own decisions, I am an adult! I know what is going on. I’m wise to the world. I understand what is at risk.
Each statement tells my self and God that nothing could be further from the truth. I easily forget that my eternal life is at stake. I often lose sight of what my own experience proves is the best way to maximize life today. The plot and challenges may be simple and clear-cut, yet I seem to twist them into complex strands and shades of gray.
Today has yet to be fully written. We can take steps that we do not anticipate and that are different from those around us. It is possible; everything is with God.