Anything Like Me?

November 2, 2010

There’s a new song on country music radio about a father talking about his unborn son. The chorus has the words, “If he’s anything like me,” and then goes into the similarities that the two will probably have in common. Every time I hear it, I think about my heavenly Father.

I’m grateful that he isn’t anything like me. Yes, of course, I’m made in his image ( Genesis 1:26), but that’s where the resemblance ends.

When things don’t go my way, I tend to get frustrated. When I trust someone and they let me down, it’s difficult for me to trust them again. I expect people to do what they say and when they don’t, I’ve been known to lose my temper.

I let the troubles of this life get me down. I squander too much time worrying about what others do or don’t do and waste energy on things that don’t matter. I don’t spend enough time with the Scriptures. My prayer life isn’t near what it could be.

I wish I gave more of my means and took bigger leaps of faith. I tire of people who claim Jesus, but don’t want to live like him or love like him.

I have to make an honest effort to be nice to some people.

In my haste to get from day to day, there are times when I miss out on helping others and fail to further the Kingdom. There are moments when my light is so enveloped with worry that it fails to shine.

It’s not always easy for me to love, forgive, serve, trust, and go that extra mile. I get run down, fed up, and overwhelmed.

But not my God.

He offers salvation to everyone. He’s always willing to forgive. He’s good, patient, trustworthy, loving, and in control. He’s caring and committed. Always.

He never tires. He won’t forsake. He’s eager to listen, inspire, comfort, and encourage 24/7. He’s fair, whether I always understand him or not.

I’m thankful that my Father isn’t anything like me and even more grateful that he loves me anyway.

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