Turning into your parents

Today’s reading:  Zechariah 2-5, Psalm 93, 1 John 3

Do you ever feel like you are turning into one of your parents?  B.J. and I were at the store last weekend debating which wheat flour to buy for the dessert he was making.  I picked up a 5# bag that was on sale for $3.99.  He promptly traded it for a 2# bag that was $6.99.  I called him Karen (his Mom’s name) and giggled as we headed toward the checkout.

Truth be known, being called Karen Armstrong isn’t really a bad thing.  She is a kind and compassionate Mom who loves her family and loves Jesus.  And…the Fig Newtons B.J. made with the expensive flower were fantastic. Nonetheless we had few good laughs.

In my Bible, the heading for 1 John 3 is Living as Children of God.  We are referred to as Children of God, or members of God’s family, several times in the New Testament.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:1-2

If we can’t help it, but naturally turn into our earthly parents as we age, can the same be said for turning into our Heavenly Father?  I think the answer is it depends.  As humans, our natural tendency is to act like those with whom we spend the most time.  So, if we want to look like Jesus, we need to spend a lot of time with him.