Father’s Day turned out to be a travel day for us, but with some time with my daughter in Hawaii before leaving, well-wishes from Christopher and Elizabeth on my phone, and Chandler picking us up late at the airport, I got a chance to enjoy something from all of my kids. Father’s Day is a time to be appreciated regardless of the job you have done. As Marti always says, you only have one father and that makes him the best one in the world, because he’s yours. And last night, which was really early this morning, I received a final text message from Annie which read, “I wouldn’t be me without you.”
That got me thinking about my heavenly Father, and the fact that we all have two fathers in that we have been adopted into God’s forever family. And though it might seem a little sacrilegious to lower God to a Hallmark holiday remembrance, there is a profound truth behind my daughter’s statement from a spiritual standpoint. We wouldn’t be uniquely “us” without the Father-God.
First, God has made us each who we are, and who we are is different from everybody else. There is no one like you; your heavenly Father saw to that. That’s your physical DNA. But then on top of that, there is what you might call your “spiritual DNA.” This would include our spiritual gifts and the various ways we serve inside the body of Christ. That is just as much who we are as is our physical nature. We are who we are because of Him.
So therefore, on this special day after Father’s Day, you can say of your heavenly Father: “I wouldn’t be me without you.” And indeed you wouldn’t.