I get videos and pictures sent to me on my phone daily. Some are of my children; some are of my grandchild. I love to get those pictures and videos. Each of my children is so unique, and Elowen, well, she is just a hoot!
As I get those pictures of my children, and as people send videos of my children doing what they do, I am amazed that while the age has changed, they have not. Who they once were is still who they are. An example, I got a video of Ezekiel playing with his college band outside a nursing home a couple week's back. He is doing his usual Zeke thing: banging away on his drum, dancing, and trying to get others to join in his joy. You know...Zeke. It's whog he is and always has been.
Those pictures remind me that while they may have left our home, they didn't leave who they are behind.
"...those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received a the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." (Romans 8:15-16)
You see, no matter where they go my children are still my children. (Sweatiness and all, Darby.) It doesn't matter. The same is true of us as children of God. As His children we are His wherever we go. His traits should be seen in us. His love, grace, kindness, and forgiveness. His Spirit is what empowers us to be like Him, and to be like Him without fear of what others think or what may be popular or accepted.
A phone call from Darby, my student teaching daughter, yesterday tells the story. She was evaluated by her university supervisor yesterday. "Dad, I think I am getting used to people watching me teach, because I didn't even notice that my supervisor was in the room. I still sweat, though." She is figuring out what it is to follow Christ. You will be watched. You will be evaluated. But you must be who you are called to be, regardless.
As we are led by God's Spirit, His Spirit reminds us who we are and to whom we belong. And my hope is God loves the pictures and videos He gets of me!