DO NOT COPY!
Eddie and I went away to spend time together to celebrate our wedding anniversary, while reading what the hotel we stayed had to offer, we realised that they had a bicycle club. That was fascinating, so on one of the days, we decided to go get the bicycles and ride round the hotel. It was interesting but I learnt a lesson from it which I want to share with you today.
The area where the hotel we were staying in is quite hilly and as I have not ridden a bicycle consistently for over 3 decades, I decided to take it easy and enjoy the ride on the level platforms only. I started out there and then Eddie ‘encouraged’ or ‘lured’ me – I prefer the second word on this occasion! He went on and kept asking me to come along as we rode down into a steep valley. I felt as if I was going beyond my comfort zone, but also didn’t want to be left behind, so I did it. Going down wasn’t too much of a problem, then came the journey back up the hill and that’s where drama erupted. As we were pushing the bikes up with a lot of effort, I decided to look up and saw that Eddie stood up while pedalling. I felt that assisted him in his ride – he looked like he had it easier and then I decided to copy him.
As you probably would have guessed by now, as I stood up and pedalled a bit, off went the bike and I; one fell on the other and I was on the ground, twisted into the bike. It was painful, yet funny. I didn’t laugh as I was in pain and bruised, and needed to get out from under the bike. I called Eddie to the rescue and after he extracted me from the bike, I told him it was all his fault as I copied him (lol). Well, I got back on and rode the bike back to bay, not without pain and my bruised knee still hurts now. But I’ve learnt a valuable lesson I want to share with you today and that is – Do not copy others. Even God said so – though in a different context.
God’s word says;
‘Do not copy the behaviour and customs of others, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.’ Romans 12:2 NLT
Why shouldn’t we copy others? Because our destinies differ and we must learn to look to God for what His blueprint for our lives are and then follow them, rather than following that which has been planned for someone else.
Copying can sound and look so easy, but it’s never the best way to live life. It ends up leading to painful falls you don’t need in your life. (As I can show you now…)
Focus on your journey, your path and your goal, let God show you the best way for you to take and then pursue it. You will surely arrive without delays, drama or dissatisfaction.
God is on your side!