I recently returned from a trip to meet my great niece. What a delight! She turned six months old while I visited. She is so cute. As every family does, we tried to figure out who she looks like. Mommy, Daddy, perhaps a Great Aunt? In this case, Kinsley looks very much like her daddy. Okay, one for Daddy. Well then, how about those little fingers and toes? Mommy or Daddy? And her giggle that makes us smile from ear to ear. Which reminds me, whose ears does she have?
Of course as she gets older, Kinsley will reflect her mother and father in more important ways. She might discover an athletic talent, musical talent or love of science. I remember recognizing in myself, traits from my mother and father. My easy going personality is much like my father and I love to decorate my home like my mother. Whether nurture or nature every parent delights in seeing themselves reflected in their child. The joy of family.
This week I had the opportunity to go the extra mile for a friend. Afterwards, my thought was, “I got that from my father.” But in this case, I didn’t think of my earthly father. Rather I thought about my heavenly Father. Whenever I choose to be unselfish, give without expecting anything in return, or forgive quickly and completely I can honesty say, “I got that from my Father.”
As God’s child, I have the opportunity to reflect Him in the way I live my life. My hope is that His heart delights when He sees Himself reflected in me.
Proverbs 27:19 “As the water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” (NIV)