Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6)

MOST REFRIGERATOR DOORS have been decorated at one time or another with a turkey, particularly at Thanksgiving time. A child or grandchild was asked at school to place their hand on a piece of paper, trace around it, and then color in the fingers to become tail feathers and the thumb to become the neck and head of a turkey. Their little hands became a pattern for an original picture that blesses Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa. It just wouldn’t be right not to stick it on the refrigerator door.

Patterns are good to have when you are learning to draw or construct something. Good patterns are also invaluable for learning how to live. Jesus taught a lot of good truth about God and life, and then He showed us how to find God and how to live the good life. If you have a question about what you should do to live right, look to Jesus. Let Him be your pattern. Live in Him and live as He lived.

If you are fortunate enough to have one of those handmade turkeys on the refrigerator door today, leftover from Thanksgiving last week, look at it and be thankful that a child discovered a pattern for a picture that blessed you. Then pray that child will find the right pattern for finding God and living like Jesus.

You can be a good pattern by saying, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1).

Ken Heer has been a pastor and church leader for fifty-two years and lives in Brooksville, Florida, with his wife, Nancy. Ken is the author of Ancient Fire (WPH).