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News, Bits and Bites 21st March 2024

Chaplain’s Chat

Who Do We Emulate?

Footprints - following JesusAs a school teacher I am well aware that I’m being watched, judged, copied, followed, ….. I try always to cross the road at the lights, set an example about putting my rubbish in the bin (and picking up other rubbish), admit when I make a mistake (a frequent occurrence when writing on the board), seek to use positive words, be a good listener.

Sadly I fail, guess it’s all about being human. Yet ultimately I want to be known as a follower of Jesus. For the most of time I cannot use my words to share this but I can demonstrate by my actions and deeds. … let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

To be a disciple is to be completed devoted to a teacher. Am not suggesting my school students be devoted to me, but I do pray I’m a positive role model. The same at Girls’ Brigade.

In order to do that I need to be committed to my own faith journey, and to strive to live according to the teachings of Jesus. I don’t just want ‘head’ knowledge, I deeply desire to emulate Jesus’ life.

To emulate means to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass ( Will I achieve in my lifetime? – no – but it doesn’t reduce the desire.

Reading Matthew chapters 5-7 is always a good foundation to understand Jesus’ teaching, and the rest of the gospels demonstrates how he lived this.

May we all seek to emulate Jesus’ life, so as Christians we become disciples who follow, and in turn become leaders to journey with others.

God Bless You
National Chaplain