Isn’t it interesting how children observe their dads and imitate them? Toddlers, school aged kids, and even teens watch their fathers and – consciously or unconsciously – copy their gestures, expressions or even phrases. Some interesting characteristics are passed on from generation to generation as a result of the closeness they share, and observing a son, you can “see” his dad. For example, anyone who knew my father-in-law can see a lot of him in Jorge! No doubt, there are father-child similarities in your family, too, and they’re probably popping into your head right now.
Observing and imitating our dads reminds me of what the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:18. He said that we, “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Paul is explaining that, in the measure that we seek the Lord, meditate on His greatness and splendor, the more like Him we become, through the work of the Holy Spirit in us. If we want to become more and more like Christ, the secret lies in “beholding His glory”; spending time with Him in His word and in prayer, and letting the Holy Spirit mold His character traits in us: compassion, forgiveness, gentleness, mercy. So I wonder….how much of our Heavenly Father can others see in us? Is “Like Father, like son (daughter) a reality in our lives?