"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children"
We really enjoy watching our chickens roam about in the yard. They entertain us with their antics. For one thing, they are curious to the point of being nosy, straining their necks to see what is going on around them. They are also jealous and competitive to the point of being contentious. If one hen pecks at the ground, the others all come running to see what she found, pushing and grabbing to claim it for their own. And they imitate each other. What one does, they all have to do--like little copycats playing "follow the leader."
It's fun to watch in chickens, but this kind of behavior is not so humorous among people. When we cling to gossip, become jealous of others, or try to keep up with our neighbors (or even show them up), we are following the ways of the world rather than doing the will of God our Father. As God's children, redeemed by Christ and renewed by His Spirit, our desire becomes like His: wanting to encourage and help others, to make sacrifices in order to share with those less fortunate, and to have humble hearts that are willing to serve.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2).