Our Identity In God

One of the great lessons I learned several years ago in Colorado was my identity in the Father.  I came back from there and shared some of those things with our church here.  On that list were things like: I am forgiven.  I am a child of God. I am the temple of the Holy Spirit.  

This week, in my reading and reflection I was once again reminded of who I am in God's eyes.  I have, in my life, been fatherless.  I grew up with a dad, a very great dad.  He taught me a lot about being a father and modeled what is was to be a grandfather.  He help mold me into a Christian.  I cannot begin to catalogue all that he did for me.  But he passed away, early.  I was 38.  I know people who lost their fathers eariler than that, or didn't have a father at all.  That said, I felt the connection with the fatherless.  Even after more than 25 years, there are days when I wish I could talk to him.

I was reminded today, again, that I do have a Father.  Not a step dad.  I had one of those as well.  He was a very good man.  I appreciated him in my life, even as he came into my life as I was an adult.  But step dad's are not dads.  I have a Father.  Not an adopted dad.  I have been, I am, one of those.  I love my adopted kids.  When people ask me how many kids I have, I have 4.  I sometimes have to explain some things when asked their ages, but they are my kids.  Yet, there is always another someone out there.  Another family, people I know but am not in the same kind of relationship.

I have a Father. And when I remember that my life becomes a whole lot easier.  So when those moments come, and frankly I am in one right now, when I could really talk to my dad, I can.  My Heavenly Father  is listening and has all the resources I need to accomplish what He has called me to do. My life would be always be easier if I would just remember that.

Which leads me to share one of my favorite songs. I Have a Maker. The best part of the song is the second verse, I have a Father. You have one too.

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