I’m A Little Dutch Girl

I would have looked very funny standing on the side of the road in full traditional Dutch garb.

Galatians 4:1-7

Reference: So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:7 NIV)

Explore: Today we had a culture day at work. As we have been reassessing the positive cultural presence in our organisation, we were asked to dress as something from our cultural heritage.

This created a fun atmosphere for the day, as everyone brought a piece of clothing and some food from their past. I was lucky enough to have a full Dutch costume. My grandmother (Opoe) used to make traditional Dutch outfits all the time. And when she passed away they were handed out to family members.

I was very thankful that my car did not break down on the way to work as I would have looked very funny standing on the side of the road in full traditional Dutch garb.

While it was fun to dress up, it was also really nice to be reminded of my cultural heritage. My grandmother was incredibly loving and I really appreciate the rich Dutch heritage I have grown up with.

Application: While I am fortunate to know of my rich family background, I am even more fortunate to be a part of God’s heritage. I don’t deserve it, but He accepts us as heirs.

Instead of a traditional dress of petticoats and aprons, God asks us to put on love. Unfortunately, love is sometimes harder to wear than a Dutch hair piece, but the rewards are so much greater.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for bringing us into Your family. May we wear Your traditional outfit of love with pride and persistence.  Amen.

What heritage are you a part of?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.