Monkey See, Monkey NOT Do!

learning by imitation, Ephesians 5:1-2
Contrary to the saying "Monkey see. Monkey do," scientists comparing human toddlers to apes found toddlers learn more quickly because they imitate others, while apes learn by trial and error. (Scientific American).

Imitation involves observing, mimicking, and practicing. Little girls imitate their moms by “playing house.” Little boys imitate sports heroes by watching games and practicing what they see.

Of course, it matters who we imitate:

Ephesians 5:1,2 says, “be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us…” (NASB)

No one is more worthy of imitation than God. 

To gain skills, we work hard--we study, practice, and intern. But we typically take our Christian walk less seriously.

Only God can change us, but we have a responsibility to diligently imitate His character and His ways. We do this through Bible study, fellowship, and prayer. Let's pray to be more like God and less like monkeys!
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
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  1. Thanks for visiting my site. I agree that we tend to take work more seriously than we do the Christian life! Thanks for the exhortation :)


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