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About the Writer:
Sandra Snider
Sandra Snider

Sandra has been a Christian for 27 years, holds a journalism degree and writes regularly for her church web site/women's ministry in Minnesota.

Sandra's writings have appeared in magazines, newspapers and books.  Although she has written much in the secular world, she now focuses exclusively on writing about the Lord Jesus Christ, His Kingdom and His truths. 

Phil. 2:10-11 contains the truth that forms the bedrock of her life and while her heart to is exalt God in all she does and share the love of Jesus to all her audiences, Sandra hopes that her writings will carry on through the legacy of her daughter. " What greater gift could I possibly leave her?"



Imitate Me

By Sandra Snider

Imitate Me, As Christians; we imitate Christ as well as each other.

My husband kissed the cat. There, he admits it. He planted a kiss on the top of our cat’s head. It was something my husband said he would never, ever do. One just never knows where that furry head has been, he’s always said. But in a moment of weakness it just happened. I’ve never had a problem with showing affection to Blacky in this way and John has observed my behavior for years.

Once, to settle a dispute about the appropriateness (or not) of kissing a beloved pet, I polled two women who also own cats. I asked them if they ever kiss them. “Of course!” the first one said, almost indignant I even had to ask. “Absolutely,” said the other. Feeling affirmed and vindicated I informed John that I’m not the only one who thinks that it is perfectly normal to give an occasional buss to a sweet animal.

So imagine my shock when John sheepishly told me that when he was enjoying a little one-on-one time with Mr. Personality he kissed the eight pound feline before he even realized what he had inadvertently done. I told him not to feel too badly about his momentary little lapse because when you watch and observe something repeatedly it’s just a matter of time before you mimic the action yourself.

His unexpected behavior even seems to confirm and illustrate a spiritual principle. In 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul says, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” And, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9) John, however, doesn’t have much peace about kissing the cat!




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