I grew up with the idea to pattern my behavior and actions after Christ. I understood that He is the perfect example and why not model my life after perfection? Did I ever expect to follow perfectly? No, I don’t think so. It just seems like a given that to be like Him is unattainable in this life. But He is the perfect pattern to guide us.
I was surprised when I read a blurb about how Benjamin Franklin surmised his quest to learn humility by emulating Christ. The commentary noted how that seemed, perhaps, a bit egotistical to learn humility. I had never heard that perspective before and I thought it an odd view.
If I were a seamstress making a dress why would I use a pattern that wasn’t complete? Or if I were following a recipe to make a cake why would I use one that wasn’t whole? If I am going to follow the example of someone why not follow the perfect example? I have enough of my own flaws I don’t need to mimic another set of faults.
by Bishop W. Christopher Waddell