Today is my birthday. And my birthday has always had a fun little twist to it. My dad and I share the same birthday! (Now I have 7 children and could never quite make it work out to have one of them born on 8/12 to keep the tradition alive! 😊). It was always fun to share birthday parties and activities with my dad.
As I’ve grown older, I find I share more with my dad than just a birthday. I seem to share some of the personality traits that made him fun and enjoyable to be around. A dad that loved to play and do things as a family.
I find that I share some of the less desirable traits, too. Things that I would change about myself tomorrow. Things I’ve been working on changing for decades. Those “weaknesses” that I keep striving to turn into “strengths.”
More concerning is that I see my traits passed on to my children. In good ways and bad I “see” myself in my kids. And on a day where I reflect on my life, that causes me to worry a bit…and smile as I see my kids do great things and think, “I think they might get that from me.” 😊
What about our Heavenly Parents?
Do we get anything from Them? Do we carry with us heavenly traits that are buried in the core of our spiritual DNA?
Paul thought we did. Romans 8
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
We are the children of God. The Spirit can talk to our spirit and remind us of our eternal, spiritual parents.
Moroni reminded us that “the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil;” (Moroni 7:16). We have a little bit of God in us. We have a little bit of His goodness. We have a spark of his love, compassion, joy, charity, and perfection in us.
We share lineage with God.
And I wonder if every once in a while our Heavenly Parents look down on us. They see us doing good. Clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, administering relief to the sick and the afflicted, and I wonder if they smile and say, “She gets that from us.” Or “He gets that from us.”
It’s unlikely it’s your birthday tomorrow, but every Sunday we celebrate our spiritual rebirth. That time we decided we were going to do all we could to live up to our Eternal Parents. So celebrate today! Eat a little cake! Think about your parents, your Eternal ones. Think about the things you got from them. The gifts they’ve given you. The Spiritual presents they’ve poured out on you, and do something this week to show your gratitude.
Happy Rebirth Birthday to you!