I was born on June 9th, or at least that what my birth certificate says. I have no clue, and really, neither do my parents.
My mother and father adopted me from a foster home, 6 weeks after I was born. My mom grew up going to church and my dad grew up hating church. When they started dating she would drag him to church with her (sometimes kicking and screaming).
Ephesians 1:5, “he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will”
Eventually my dad learned to tolerate church, even enough to have a conversation with the Pastor. That pastor made my dad realize that Jesus was not the same as the people that claim to love him. This information changed my dad’s life.
My dad showered me with love and taught me about Jesus. My mom read bed time bible stories to me before I went to sleep. I would have nightmares about Goliath coming to eat me–can you blame me?
I never really had this amazing Jesus experience that shook me away from my terrible life of sin, I just had two loving parents that taught me that a life with Jesus was way better than a life without. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I was perfect, but I wasn’t participating in the trappings of the world.
The point that I remember the most in my walk with Christ was at a church camp in central Ohio. The dean of the camp took an interest in my life and told me I could do great things in my life. He actually still tells me that to this day.
My parents laid a great foundation for me in my faith. That foundation led to me make that faith my own. It is no longer my parents, it’s not my brothers, or my pastor’s, but my own. Even though I don’t have a rags to spiritual riches story, I know that I can continue to understand God the way he wants me to know him. The more that I study him the more I realize how amazing he has really been in my life. And I am thankful that even though I don’t know my birth parents, it does;t matter because God gave me two amazing parent’s who gave me the greatest gift of all, a knowledge and love for Jesus.
Cody Morehead lives in Springfield, Ohio where he lives life to the fullest and sleeps in his hammock.