Sunday, August 30, 2009

Getting it Backwards

Big D and I have a tradition of giving all of our chidren a family name. This seemed especially important for our All American Boy since he was adopted. We named him after my dad and I've spent a lot of effort trying to make sure All American Boy understands that he is named for his grandfather. So, the other day I asked him his grandfather's name and was thrilled that he remembered it, then he got this excited look on his face and exclaimed in amazement,"AFTER ME!" I had to laugh at that, but told him, "No, no. You got it backwards. YOU'RE named after HIM!" That seemed to satisfy him. I haven't tested him since then, though, so I don't know if it stuck.

I don't know why I was surprised at his getting it backwards. I do the same thing with God. He made me for His glory and His purposes, not the other way around. Twinkle Toes read the story of Job to us the other night. Chapters 38-42 really set the record straight on who's made for whom.

Job 38:4 "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding."

Job's humble answer comes in chapter 42.

Job 42:2 "I know that You can do everything. And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."


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