Who Are You Following?
Everybody imitates somebody. When I was a kid, I had a friend who adapted the mannerisms and expressions of Colonel Hogan from the tv series Hogan’s Heroes.
After whom do you pattern your life?
Elisha patterned his after Elijah’s. Elisha did not just practice Elijah’s preaching style or memorize his best lines, but he walked the same roads Elijah walked, he slept in the same houses, ate the same fare, braved the same elements, confronted the same crowds. He stood behind him as the prophet spoke, carried water when he was thirsty, delivered messages when asked. Elisha was covered by the dust Elijah’s feet stirred up.
It worked. Elisha received what he asked for. A double-portion of Elijah’s anointing came upon him.
Admiring someone does not make you like them. Doing what they do is what changes you. You can’t act like Madonna and become Mother Teresa.
Who you admire is important, but who you imitate is critical, because they are what you are becoming.