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“…Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” Colossians 1:27b-29
“(S)he looks just like you!” I’d bet that we’ve all said that to a new parent at least once. Living through a generation of nieces and nephews now, I can sometimes see similarities in a new baby and their aunt or uncle when they were little. Genetics is an interesting study but, for one who doesn’t enjoy science, it also seems complicated and, mostly, random. The Bible alludes to the Lord “knitting us together” but there has always been a question of whether those words are figurative or literal.
An even more interesting (and sometimes more volatile) conversation is nature vs. nurture. What do you think? Does a child learn all behavior from their surroundings or are they born with inherent personality traits? That’s a tough call, especially when babies see, to be born with intelligence far exceeding that of our own children. I think we all can concur that children learn what they hear; sometimes humorous and sometimes embarrassing.
In his letter to the Colossian church, the apostle Paul writes words of praise to them for allowing the Spirit of God to work in their lives, molding and shaping their behaviors to emulate Him. The seven words, “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” moved my heart today. I thought about myself; I met Jesus as my Savior over 50 years ago, how much do my actions and my behaviors resemble His? Can others see His nature in me? How is my maturity level as a child of God?
Oh, to speak and to hear You speaking
Oh, to breathe and to feel Your breath in me
To love like a fire burning
All consuming Father live through me
Live through me
(lyrics: Meredith Andrews)
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone
Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org
About the Author: Eleanor Jean Gale-Boone lives in southern New Jersey. The eldest of six children from a close Christian family (50+ in total; 4 generations / country wide), her husband (Rick), her two children (Ed & Diana), her “in-loves” (Boomer & Alyssa) and her three grandchildren (Mathieu, Emma & Amelia) are her greatest joys in life. Although she suffers from Post Lyme Disease Syndrome, IBS, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes – she serves God as He calls her, where He calls her, when He calls her – all in His power and strength. Through the power of the Spirit of God, she is learning to live in the calling of God to “be available” for Christian women seeking to find the Joy of the Lord in the midst of life’s circumstances. She is a published writer, an accomplished vocalist, an ordained pastor, a Christian counselor, and maintains an on-line encouragement ministry, “A Sister’s Hugs.” This devotional, ChIPS from El, is distributed through her website and posted to Facebook on the page, A Sister’s Hugs Ministries. At the call of God, she has established Kitchen Table Christian Counseling Services; a counseling service for Christian women struggling with life’s journey. She journey-counsels on-line through Gospel Guidance.com http://www.gospelguidance.com/search?query=gale-boone and face-to-face by appointment out of her home mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to visit http://www.asistershugs.org. God willing, she will soon return to seeking her Master’s Degree in Theology and Counseling.