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IMITATION

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Gar Ryness never thought he would be famous. It all started as a prank video shot in his backyard imitating famous batting stances of major league baseball players with a black waffle ball bat. A year and a couple of million You-tube video hits later, he was on the David Letterman show doing his schtick. Ryness said, “The whole thing is just so ridiculous. I’m still not believing the hype…I have the least marketable skill in America.” Now he is known as “the batting stance guy” and has become a phenomenon among fans and players alike.

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. As Christians, we are to be imitators of Jesus Christ. That is how we show Him that we love him.

--Denver Post, July 24, 2009 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and David Johnson

(See the batting stance guy on the David Letterman show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sPakL5On3Y )

Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV) “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (2) And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

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