Our story today is about a boy named Richard, and it takes place during a hot summer day. In
fact, the temperature was way over 100 degrees. Richard’s house didn't have air conditioning,
so he was finding it difficult to cool off.
Well, Richard heard that some of the kids in the neighborhood were planning to hike out to the
river and go swimming, and he though that was a great idea. Of course, he knew it was kind of
dangerous because the current was pretty strong and it would be easy to get swept away. But
it sure was hot! And that cool water sounded really good, so Richard went home and asked his
mom if he could go.
Richard’s mom said two words: NO WAY! You see, she knew it was dangerous, too. Then
Richard said, “But all the other kids are doing it!” (Have you ever said that to your mom?) Then
Richard’s mom said, “If all the other kids jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?”
There weren't any bridges in that part of town, so Richard didn't have any idea what in the world
she was talking about. But he knew it meant no. What do you think she meant when she said
that? It means don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it. Be careful who you
That’s not just a mother’s wisdom, either - it’s Biblical wisdom, too. The Bible tells us to be
careful who we copy. Proverbs, Chapter 1, verse 10 tells us not to copy sinners. And 1
Corinthians, Chapter 11, verse 1 tells us who we should copy. Paul says, “Imitate me, just as I
also imitate Christ.” (KJV) So we should copy people who copy Jesus, and we should copy
Jesus himself. And, you know, if we copy Jesus, it just might be that other people will want to
copy us. Then we'd be a blessing to other people. That's a case where it's good to be a “copy
cat”. Just be careful who you copy!
Let's pray; Father in heaven, help us not to do things just because others are doing it. Help us
instead to be careful to copy your Son, Jesus. We pray this in his holy name. Amen.
Be careful who you copy
"Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ" 1 Corinthians 11:1 (KJV)
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