I have decided to make a conscious effort to speak about my own 'state of adoption' differently. Yes, I will always be an 'adoptee' in one sense or another. Even if I weren't adopted by flesh and blood people, I am adopted by God.
But there is this little difference... Here's the thing...
I can live in a constant state of, "I am adopted" or I can live in a constant state of, "I was adopted".
The words, "I am" implies identity.
My human adoption is not where my identity lies. It is not who I am.
My identity lies in Jesus Christ. He is in me and I am in Him. I am because He is.
And so, my current and future efforts are to speak of my adoption(s) in this way:
In speaking of my human adoption, I will say, "I was adopted." Yes, this is most appropriate, I think, because when we speak of human adoption, it is an act that took place in the past. Yes, it is a legality that expands into the emotions and intellect, but still...it is an act that took place in my past. It is not definitive of who I am and so I need to speak accordingly.
In speaking of my relationship with God, my Father, I will say, "I am adopted!" And this, too, is most appropriate because this is my eternal state of being. This adoption is not a legality, created by man's frail efforts, it is an absolute created by God's love.Man can try to imitate it, man to man, but only God is the author of the true adoption that can only take place between God and man through Jesus.
I was adopted by my adoptive parents.
I am adopted by God.
"I was adopted."
"I am adopted."
If Yoda were humanly adopted, he might say it this way:
"adopted, I was; Adopted, I am." (Think about those capitals.) ;)
To the average American Bear, this is nothing. A play on words. Possibly even nonsensical. But to those humanly adopted, I believe it's one of those little thing that counts.
So in keeping with my new manner of speaking, let me re-introduce myself according to my human adoption...
Hello, I'm Cindy and I was adopted.