Those were the words that came from my 2 year old son's mouth this morning as I got him dressed for the day. And I can't shake them. Yes, I'm stoked that I have a "mini me" who desires to be like me. But what shook me is the magnitude of that responsibility and how closely he is watching what I say and what I do....and what I wear!
Philippians 2 is one of my favorite passages where Paul writes, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!"
I'm a work in progress no doubt, but does my life reflect my Heavenly Father? Do I value others above myself? Do I have the attitude of a servant? Or do I get ready for each day worried about how others will perceive me out of my own selfish ambition? My hope is that they will they see a man clothed with the humility and attitude of Christ?
Galatians 3:26-27 says, "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."
I heard a quote recently and since then have heard it so many times that I'm not sure who said it...but it goes something like this. "Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be what you do but who you raise!"
I am so grateful for the reminder God has blessed me with. That reminder's name is Jude and he is watching every thing I do and say. I pray that my life is a reflection of Christ. I pray that I can say..."I look like Daddy!"
Grace and Peace,