Here's Looking at You, Kid
Children of stars struggling to create their own image. They fight for identity for themselves and escape the expectations that the general public has for them.
Growing up, my brother and I were always compared to my dad. It’s hard to have an identity of your own when the public has already chosen one for you. We went from church to church for one, two, and three week revivals. I was typically in church six nights a week for half my life. I have met so many people anxious to ask my brother and I questions, like, "What it was like to live in a bus your whole lives?" or, "Are you home schooled?" Then the one we were always expecting… "Are you boys going to grow up and be just like your dad?"
This expectation isn't just in our culture, but all over the world. Children are naturally expected to be like their parents when they are young. Then, when they get older, they start to see that they have more options that may be open to them they never knew about before. Then the conflict starts of which path to take.
The same can true spiritually and/or emotionally. “I have been raised this way, so, I guess I will raise my kids the same way.” Some say, “I was abused as a kid and I guess I prob would do the same.” I know a guy that chose to never have kids because of what he went through as a child; afraid that he would follow his family’s footsteps.
Check out this example in 1 Samuel 16. There was a father named Jesse that was invited to a sacrifice by Samuel. So, Jesse, (not knowing of Samuel’s real purpose) was told that his sons were invited as well. Jesse told his sons to go to pass by Samuel. So, Jesse lined up his sons and sent the first son, Eliab to pass by Samuel. When Eliab passed by, Samuel thought, "Surely he is the the one GOD will anoint,” but GOD said in verse six, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
So, son after son, GOD rejects. However, look at verse 10 and 11: “But Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”
Thankfully, GOD goes passed what we see and peers into the heart and sees the future.
Just think how David must have felt after he found out what was going on. Jesse gathered his sons, but left the youngest, smallest, the least likely, the least expected: a shepherd boy. You see, Jesse was looking on the outside, but thank GOD that He sees what we don’t. He sees what we miss. He sees what we can’t. When looking a Eliab, Samuel was looking on the outside, but was quickly reminded how GOD sees us.
We are quick to say who qualifies and who doesn't and automatically set limits on people buy what we see. Thankfully, GOD goes passed what we see and peers into the heart and sees the future. We see the young age, but GOD sees His son in training. We see least likely, but GOD sees a champion. We see least expected, but GOD sees exceeding expectations. We see a shepherd boy, but GOD sees a king!
We buy the right shoes for our feet, because we can’t change the size of our feet. How nice would that be? But GOD created us for the shoe (His plan). So, the you can see the difference between the two. When we find the shoes that fits with the design we like, it then becomes special to us. Right?
The thing that makes this so beautiful is that we were the ones that were created for His will. We are the ones who were created (custom made) just for Him and His work for us.
Remember: the only shoes you have to fill are the ones that GOD made your feet for.