Wednesday, November 9, 2011

God's Middle Child

All the names are in the same family register. One may have more grace than another, but God our Heavenly Father has the same tender heart towards all. ~Charles Spurgeon


Growing up, I got a lot of mileage out of being the middle child. When Mom went shopping with my older sister, I would say, “I’m just the middle child; I’ll stay home.” When Dad took my baby brother to an auction, I would say, “I’m just the middle child; I’ll stay home.” This was usually enough leverage for an invitation to tag along.

Even as a child, I knew the birth order didn’t have any bearing on my parents’ love for me. Melodie loved to sing, and Craig was the funny baby who made everyone laugh. I, the famous middle child, just wanted to be Jo in Little Women. We all belonged to my parents; they loved us equally.

God loves His children equally, too. Melodie was given the beautiful gift of hospitality. I'm a writer, and my brother Craig is a pastor.  Birth order isn't important to God.  Whether we’ve been “reborn” twenty years ago, ten years ago, or just last week, we are children of God through our faith in Christ Jesus.

Think of it, a teenager in a third world country -- loved by God.  A child, born to a wealthy family -- loved by God. The young father, sitting in a jail cell trembling from a drug habit -- loved by God.  Me, the middle child in a loving family -- loved by God.  God doesn't have favorites.  Sometimes our actions make God smile, sometimes they break the heart of God.  Yet it doesn't change His love for us.  

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

God, with His tender heart, reaches down to that third world country, to the country club, the jail cell and to my childhood home -- and proves His declared, impartial love by offering eternal life.  

I love being God's middle child.  I think of those who have gone before me -- all who are coming after me.  And there I am, right in the middle; and I smile.  For we are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:26).  

19 comments:

Kim M. said...

I love this, Pam!

Malia said...

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Pam said...

Wonderful truths so beautifully expressed, Pamela. I never thought about being God's middle child. What a nice place to be!
Blessings!
Pam

Clint said...

Beautifully expressed. Amen!

Blue Cotton Memory said...

Birth order personalities are one of my fav subjects. My "middle" child is the 3rd born - he has the joyful spirit, the humor - but he tries to pull the "victim" card. I told him he's the Center of the Brotherhood - there's a 2 edged sword to every gift, every love language, every birth order - and I am so thrilled that you champion the positive, over-coming, God's plan side! I am so glad I am a favored child of God, regardless of my birth order, my situation. Beautiful reminder:)

BTW - I have something to share with each of you, kind of like friendship bread, over at my place – and I’d love for you to stop by and pass it on to some of your friends as encouragement! Your blog is a blessing and I am glad I have the opportunity to share it with some of my other friends.

Jane said...

Hello Pam! Another wonderful post. I enjoy visiting your blog. I always come away with something to ponder throughout the day. Thank you!

Mom Fashion World said...

They are all so adorable and happy.

By the way, I'm your newest follower via GFC from the Thursday Blog Hop.
Please feel free to visit my blog. Looking forward to seeing you there, and would love a follow back. Thanks!

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frugalmommieof2 said...

Thanks for sharing.

I'm stopping by from the Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop. I'm now following you by GFC. I'd love if you'd stop by my blog. Have a great Thursday!

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dandelionfleur said...

Love the pictures and the message. Thank you!

Amy said...

I need to read this to my middle child:)

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

So sweet! You are a Jo Ms. Pam ;D

Just Be Real said...

Pamela, how very lovely. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Shanda said...

My three children all think I have a favorite: and it is not them! I keep telling them that there are no favorites, that I have enough love to go around to all. The middle child is as important as the others! Just like with God.

bettyl said...

It's so comforting to know that God doesn't play favorites like mortal man. Thanks for the reminder.

Terésa Marie said...

This brought tears to my eyes. I love your blog! Thanks for coming by my blog today for your sweet encouraging comment and email and for the opportunity to read your blog.

See you again soon :)

beauty said...

This post was not only helpful but very useful too. Thank you for sharing this piece of your expertise with all of us. Cheers!

Ridlon Family said...

Beautiful!

Shoregirl said...

Beautiful post - thanks for reminding us of God's unconditional love!

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