Am I Proof: What Do My Grandchildren See?

Am I proof that God is who He says He is? Do I model the love and character of Christ for my grandchildren? #passingthefaith

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There is a song by Sidewalk Prophets called “Live Like That.” I’ve enjoyed listening to this song ever since it came out a few years ago. 

Most often when songs come on the radio or my playlist, I find myself caught up in the tune. Occasionally, however, I do sit back and (rather than belt it out in an off-key voice) listen to the lyrics.

Today, I did just that. Working outside in the yard listening to my music, I sat back and listened:

“Am I proof
That You are who you say You are

That grace can really change a heart
Do I live like Your love is true

People pass
And even if they don’t know my name
Is there evidence that I’ve been changed
When they see me, do they see You”

Sidewalk Prophets, “Live Like That” (emphasis added)

Listening to the Lyrics

Some of those lines really caused me to stop and think.

Do I show others Christ?

Is there evidence that I am not the same person I was before I accepted Him? 

Does my life exhibit Christ to my children and grandchildren? 

“When they see me, do they see YOU?” 

Thinking on the Lyrics

Growing up, when I thought of God, I pictured Him as I saw my earthly father – he was older (my dad was 56 when I was born) and many times grumpy or mean. 

As I grew and learned more about Christ and God the Father, I determined to show my children a father that loved and cared. 

I’ve now passed the age of my childhood memories of my father. In fact, I am a grandfather. My deepest desire is that my grandchildren see a white-haired grandfather that loves and cares for them, one who shows them the way (not perfectly) that Christ loves us. 

I want to be the proof “that You are who You say You are” to them. 

The opportunity is right there in front of me, and it’s not to be taken lightly.

When my grandchildren look at me, do they see Christ? Do they know that I have been with Him, and that He makes a difference to me? And that He can make that same difference to them?

Not only that, but when I look in the mirror, do I see Christ? Or do I see more of the world in me?

And if Christ looked in that mirror, what would He see?

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Deborah Haddix

I am a child of God, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, niece, and friend who loves nothing better than spending time with those I love.

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