HEARTLIGHT
ARTICLES   |   DEVOTIONALS   |   ART & MUSIC   |   COMMUNITY   |   SHOPPING   |   SEARCH  |   HELP   |   CONTACT
Home > Articles > Special Features > "Am I a Polar Bear?"
 
 
 
 
To Do
  - Email to a Friend
  - Discuss
  - Printer Version

See Also

Archive

About the Author

 
 

Am I a Polar Bear? Am I a Polar Bear?
    by Paul Lee

    A young polar bear cub approached his mother one day and asked, “Mom, am I a polar bear?”

    “Of course you are,” she replied with a smile.

    “OK,” said the cub, and padded off. Later, he found his dad out by the iceberg. “Dad, am I a polar bear?”

    “Sure you are, son!” said his dad, wondering a bit at why his son would ask such a silly thing.

    The next day, the cub asked the question again and again. “Are you and mom polar bears? You are? Well, then, does that make me a polar bear? Pure, 100% polar bear?”

    Finally, his parents couldn’t stand it any longer. “Son, you’re driving us crazy with this question! You are a polar bear! Why do you keep asking?”

“Am I really your child?”
    The cub looked up and confessed, “Cause I’m FREEZING!”

    And then there’s me. Sometimes I go to my Father, and I say, “Am I really your child? Are you really my Father? Because sometimes I doubt, and other times, I don’t act much like you. And I’m not sure if I’m the kind of person you would want to call your child. And sometimes things don’t go well for me, and I have pain and anger and... is that ok for one of your children?”

    And then, though I can’t see it, I can feel it — the warm hug, the reassuring smile, the affirmation of sonship. I don’t have to be perfect, I’m not expected to never feel pain or worry or care. But I’m expected to know whose I am, and that I belong. And that for whatever extravagant, outrageous reason, I’ve been loved and adopted by the One True God.

    Even polar bears get cold. And even Christians — the adopted children of God — fail and fear and falter. But we are still His. Praise God!


To Do...
Email to a Friend

Discuss This Article

Printer Version
 
Archive...
A full archive of past Special Features is maintained. Access recent articles like Delightful Difficulties, The Rat Race, and dozens more.
See Also...
Related Heartlight Resources:
Mistakes
Rejected
Checkmate!
Search:


About the Author...
Paul Lee is Webmaster of Heartlight Magazine, and Senior Developer at Crosswalk.com. For more info, click here.

 
Title: "Am I a Polar Bear?"
Author: Paul Lee
Publication Date: March 25, 2000

 

-----------

        ^ TOP

        < HOME

HEARTLIGHT® Magazine is a ministry of loving Christians and the Westover Hills Church of Christ. Edited by Phil Ware and Paul Lee.
Copyright © 1996-2000, Heartlight, Inc., 8332 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78759. May be reprinted and reused for non-commercial purposes only if copyright credits are appropriately displayed.
Article © 2000, Paul Lee. Used by permission.
HEARTLIGHT is a registered service mark of Heartlight, Inc.