Here is a note from a friend of mine in Georgia.....He has a newborn baby:
"I had the privilege of spending the first few hours of my daughter's life with her alone due to complications during her birth (I say "privilege" somewhat hesitantly, because I would have rather her be with my wife, but Christ had his way in the situation, as you will see). As I stood there holding her and examining her, the first thing that came to my mind was how this LIVING BEING so full of LIFE could not have come from me. Yes, I am well aware that following sexual intercourse, the sperm fertilized the egg and thus she was conceived; however, I would be kidding myself if I thought I really "made" this living thing I now held and watched breathe and interact with the world. I realized right away that I could never really consider her MINE. Yes, yes, for those of you freaking out right now, I will feed her and take care of her and give my life for her; however, I realized that she was too full of LIFE to really claim her as MINE. That would be laughable…to think that I can produce life?!
Above all, I heard the Lord saying, "She is MINE. And while Selah is your daughter, she is in reality your SISTER and you cannot take possession of her. You will know her as your sister for eternity and you will regard her primarily as your sister RIGHT NOW."
This has tremendously affected the way I think of Selah and even how I talk to her and act towards her. To regard her as my sister puts a value on her that far outweighs just a child that I get to feed, teach things to, reprimand, and take care of. It makes me value her as Christ does, as a part of His Body (if she chooses) and someone from which I will receive Christ. And this is a relationship that, in my observation, is something very rare."
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