For many of us who grew up in the `60s and `70s the last few weeks have been strange to say the least; it has felt in many ways that something of our childhood has passed away with the loss of Ed `stewpot` Stewart, various rock stars and of course the legendary David Bowie.
I can well remember being in awe of Bowie as I grew up, dressing like him and wanting to be like him; Mum drew the line at wearing make-up in our home town as she didn’t think it was advisable in the early 1970`s !! However I did manage it for a Chapel concert once, with the trademark lightening streak down my face, orange dyed hair and ear-ring (albeit one of Mums clips) dancing around the stage miming to Jean Genie and Rebel Rebel; I thought I`d arrived ! It really showed the tolerance levels of the older Chapel members.
Now older and hopefully wiser, the question returns to me: “Who are you imitating? Who do you want to be like?”
I look back now at Bowie and instrumental though he was in getting me through my teenage years, his influence in my dress sense, his art and his music, I realise more fully than ever now that he was like the rest of us, a flawed human.
I remember trying to convince Mum and Dad that he was anti-drugs (now I know better) and that he led a very moral lifestyle (!!); truth will out, as they say.
However, we all have faults and failings; we all make mistakes and get things wrong; we all have things in our past that we`re glad others don`t know about and that is a part of our fallen humanity. So to return to the question, “Who do I want to be like?” and as you`d expect the answer for me, is Jesus, every time.
Ephesians chapter 5 verse 2 speaks of “be imitators of God” but Paul writes in 1 Corinthians chapter 11 verse 1 that he imitates Christ. I want my life to be like that; that others may see that I am trying my best to be Christlike. How? Well, as I look at my Lord I see Gods love and Gods Grace towards me and others; consequently I want to love as he loves me, unconditionally and without prejudice. I want to show grace to others as he has shown to me, without any boundaries or conditions.
I want to live a life for others because Jesus gave his life for me and as the Meerkat would say “SIMPLES”
I can`t answer for you and I know I fail so often (thank the Lord for his forgiveness), but the question remains, “Who do you want to be like?”
“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord”