I heard a well-known parent say the other day that one of the joys and fascinations of having kids is that you get to reproduce someone that you can relate to. So, let’s try that on for size:
My oldest is into politics and the investment of funds, big time. And though I want our country to thrive and I’d like to have more money, neither one of these arenas comes close to making my radar.
My next child, also a son, lives and breathes being outside and doing and making things with his hands. He would rather you throw him off the top of my office building than make him sit in front of a computer all day as I do.
My eldest daughter loves to dance, as evidenced by the six or eight dance classes she takes. To say I’m uncomfortable on the dance floor is to say that the surface of the sun is a tad warm.
My next daughter loves competitive cheerleading. To me, it looks like the small girls like her get tossed around like sacks of potatoes and the bigger girls are lifting weights and getting stepped on. Hmm.
My third daughter sings with the voice of an angel. I can perhaps carry a tune, and certainly love to sing along to whatever I’m listening to, but she has a natural gift that seems foreign to my DNA.
And my youngest girl is a fearless gymnast and consummate performer. She prefers to get from here to there via cartwheel, and if she can put on a show or make a video along the way, all the better. I’ve never tumbled, at least not intentionally, and the limelight is no place for me.
Conclusion? My kids are a chip off the ole block, but that block is far more complex than the simpleton that I am. And so, God is greatly to be praised for how He has woven various parts of me and my wife, intensifying some and muting others, to create six children who are intended to relate most and best to their Heavenly Father.
I love each of them so deeply it sometimes hurts within me, and I love trying to figure them out and enjoy them as they become who they will be. But God is who they are most intended to relate to, just as you and I are. He is our life, our salvation, and our purpose. However you are and whatever you are like, your greatest gift is that you are made to relate to your Creator, the Lord God Almighty. And I hope that in that relating, you will let Him shape you and remake you into the redeemed child that you are. I hope that you want to be like Jesus. I hope that that is something you can relate to.