Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (54): Don't Be Original, Copy Someone
54. Whenever I hear anything spoken in conversation of any person, if I think it would be praiseworthy in me, Resolved to endeavor to imitate it. July 8, 1723.
Imitation is good. Imitation is godly. Paul makes mention of this in several places:
Therefore I urge you, imitate me. (1 Corinthians 4:16)
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. (Philippians 3:17)
And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
In our culture today, there is this 'sermon' preached to us about the value of standing out and being 'original' and the message quite frankly has become cliche. And while each person is uniquely created in the image of God with unique personalities and giftings which can serve to advance God's kingdom well, it is virtuous to copy the habits of dear saints who have gone before us.
The resolution today demonstrates that Edwards saw the value in imitating godly examples and that he had godly examples. He was always on the hunt to imitate. Think today of the godly people in your life that you admire and if you have the opportunity, ask them about the habits they've developed that contribute to their walk with the Lord. Once they tell you, try them out. Or maybe grab a biography or two on some of your heroes in the faith. As you're reading through the biography take note of their discipline and model it.
Some of you reading this article may be just starting out in your walk with the Lord, and you might be struggling to understand how exactly to actually 'walk' with the Lord. Maybe some of you have professed Christ for a while and you still don't seem to understand the types of habits you need in your life. Ask a godly person in your life about their habits and spend a season copying them. Read like them. Pray like them. Serve like them. Copy them. I trust eventually, their habits will become your habits and the Lord will use that to further conform you into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Being original is overrated. Go copy someone.