This past week I had the opportunity to speak with a lady who worked with my mother. We talked of good times and laughed a lot. I enjoyed speaking to my friend and particularly appreciated the stories that were shared between us. This woman has known me for a very long time. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember a time that I did not know her.
As we were continuing our conversation, she told me, “Joe Keith, there is no doubt that you are your mother’s son.” I smiled and thanked her for such a big compliment. My mother’s work ethic was incredible. I hope to emulate her passion and energy in all that I do. There was nothing like my mother’s unending drive to do her job well.
As I continued through my day, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the statement my friend said earlier. “There is no doubt that you are your mother’s son.” I wonder if the same can be said of my relationship with God. When people see me do they see the incredible change that has occurred in my life? Would someone say to me, “Joe Keith, there is no doubt that you are your Father’s son?”
I began to focus on the relationships that I have in my life. Am I the husband, father, brother, nephew, pastor etc… that God called me to be? Where can I be still and listen for the Spirit to speak words of healing and wholeness into my life? It is my hope that my actions will lead people to conclude that I am a son of the Most High God.
Perhaps my family friend assumed that I was very much like my mother because of how I respond to both joyful times and crisis in my life. She knows how I celebrate and how I get up off the floor when I have been knocked down. She concluded that my mother reacted in a similar way. My responses to various experiences align with my mother’s actions.
I hope that the same is said of my relationship with God. I desire to share the love of Christ in a way that sets the prisoner free. I want to respond to situations in my world as Jesus did. Matter of fact, I want to go beyond duplicating God’s actions to the point that when someone sees me they may say, “There is no doubt that you are a child of the King!”
May you live in the hope and knowledge that you are a child of the Everlasting God. May you go into the world and share with others so that they will be led to the One who gives us life.