“Dear friend, be imitators of God alone.” – Katie Davis full article and picture source
I’ve long been inspired by exciting stories of women doing incredible things. Katie Davis, (age 25) is one of those modern-day women. Katie adopted 13 orphans in Uganda and is raising them in their village. She’s pretty much living the life I wanted to live when I was 18 and the life I thought I would live out of college. I’ve followed her journey since shortly after she started blogging. I’ve read her book and I’ve dreamed about what it would look like to move to insert-African-nation-here and adopt orphans and teach them to love God. I see what Katie is doing and I think, I could do that! If I’m not careful, I allow bitterness and jealousy creep in and before long, I feel inferior, angry, and resentful that this is not my life right now.
I’m tempted to view her life as holier than mine, her journey as more glamorous and more spiritual. I think, why didn’t God plan that for me right now? In my mind, this is a holy, good thought, but really it is just another version of coveting what my neighbor has – be it a larger house, nicer car, or better looks. Instead of longing for the material, I long to live a life of glamorous spirituality that is oh so much more glamorous than a life in the suburbs. Neither is right. Neither is holy.
“Dear friend, be imitators of God alone.” I am not called to imitate Katie Davis. Katie Davis is not my hero, but she is a great example of what is means to live sold-out, all-in for the true Hero. I am called to follow my Hero, Jesus Christ, and daily die to myself – save-the-world dreams included. My life is refined in the long, slow walk of obedience to holiness. I hope one-day that walk will lead to missions for the nations, but until that day I must follow in obedience feasting on my daily bread – the Bread of Life.
Thank you, Katie, for the reminder.