Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2:5)

ALTHOUGH HE DIED almost forty years ago, Elvis Presley has not been forgotten. Indeed, his fans do what they can to keep his memory alive. Thousands congregate annually at his Graceland home in Memphis to celebrate his birthday. Elvis impersonators enter Elvis look-alike contests, in which they don Elvis outfits, sport an Elvis hairstyle, sing and play Elvis songs, and swivel like Elvis. Some Elvis impersonators advertise their availability to appear at parties. To one extent or another the impersonators are Elvis wannabes. They want to be like Elvis.

In 1991 Gatorade tapped into basketball great Michael Jordan’s popularity by launching an advertising campaign. “Be like Mike” was its sales pitch. The ads were highly successful because so many young people aspired to be like their basketball hero. Many MJ wannabes even paid a hefty price for the popular red Air Jordan basketball shoes.

Some parents know their teenage daughters dress a certain way or wear their hair a certain way because they are movie star wannabes. Loud guitar pulsations coming from the garage or basement inform other parents that their teenage sons are rock star wannabes.

Being a wannabe can be good if the wannabe emulates a worthy role model. Every believer should want to be like Jesus, holy in motive, thought, worship, and deed. This desire honors Him.

Be like Jesus “in the home and in the throng. Be like Him the whole day long!”

Jim Dyet was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada. Married fifty-six years, he and Gloria live in Colorado Springs, where Jim enjoys golf and daily walks with their dogs.