I hear this quite often. Evidently, I'm a lot like him - a regular "chip off the
Most of the time, this remark is meant as a compliment - I'm glad. There are many things about my dad that I really admire. And to think that I have some of his qualities is awesome!
Want to know some of those things?!
- I am the oldest child and oldest grandchild in my extended family - he is too.
- I am the only one of the kids who has his hazel eyes.
- I am conscientious and responsible.
- I'm reliable and dependable.
- I really love reading!
- I really love sports!
- I really love my mom (OK, that one was easy!!)
- We both have analytical minds.
- He's intelligent...(I don't lay claim to this one anymore, but I used to be smart in school!)
- He likes to travel.
- He loves the outdoors.
- He likes to talk.
- He's fascinated by World War II documentaries.
- He deeply loves his family, and appreciates tradition.
He's the one who taught me how to ride a bike, how to throw a baseball like a boy (Thanks for that one, Dad!), how to (sorta) understand geometry, how to think and question, how to speak up and "hold my own," how to properly wash a car...
The list could go on and on...
I owe my dad a lot!
And truth be known, I'm glad that people think we're alike!
Yes, he has weaknesses (and I share some of those, too!) - but they are far outweighed by his good qualities. I'm honored to share some of those qualities with him!
But, what about my HEAVENLY Father?
Am I like Him?
What are the qualities that I want to have?
It's pretty much summed up in Galatians 6:22-23:
"...the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."
ALL of the qualities GOD possesses:
LOVE: "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son..." (John 3:16)
JOY: "Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling."
(1 Chronicles 16:27)
PEACE: "For God is not a God of disorder but of peace..."
(1 Corinthians 14:33)
PATIENCE: "And remember, the Lord's patience gives people time to be saved." (2 Peter 3:15)
KINDNESS: "Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous." (Romans 3:24)
GOODNESS: "Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness...The LORD is good to everyone." (Psalm 145:7, 9)
FAITHFULNESS: "Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." (Lamentations 3:23)
GENTLENESS: "Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart..." (Matthew 11:29)
SELF-CONTROL: "But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent...[He] made no response to any of the charges...(Jesus' behavior during His trial and His crucifixion showed remarkable self-control) (Matthew 27:12, 14)
Yeah, when people look at me, I just want them to see God in me and say...
"You're just like your Dad!"
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