When I walk into a classroom I introduce myself and then I get a serious look on my face. I look over my glasses and say "I am a retired school teacher so don't push my buttons you will not like it". Do you think this stops anything? Probably not it may even challenge them to test me. What I know is that it makes me feel better. In my head I am saying "Ok Glenette you can do this you are a real teacher."
But let us be honest there is no substitute for the real thing. Who is going to be the best at the job? The one that has the job and knows what to do.
You know in real life we keep trying to have a substitute step in and fill the spot the real job holder should have. For example: We substitute time on the computer for time in the word. We substitute asking friends advice instead of speaking to the one who knows all. We substitute things of this world (shoes, clothes, houses,etc) for a relationship with the gift giver.
For me I am no longer happy with the substitute I am going for the real deal. Take time this week and see where you are substituting.
Jesus answered him ,"I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the father except through me." John 14:6