Heredity: the sum of qualities and potentialities genetically derived from ones ancestors
As an adoptive mom, I am curious to know which is more powerful in determining how a child turns out.....heredity or environment? Apparently, this very question has been debated over the years between scientists and psychologists as well. Although we have pages of "history" on several of our adopted children we can't fully rely on this information as factual. Most adoptive parents understand that although some of the historical information may be correct, most probably isn't. That's not to say there is deceit happening within the agencies, it just means adopting from a foreign country can bring lots of unknowns which you must be prepared for going into the adoption.
As we've journeyed this road, we have been able to guess some of the missing pieces of info not listed in the "history". Some of the pieces have been easier to figure out, some we are still working on. We wonder what is genetic and what was done to the fetus in the womb? We don't know if Connor's eyes look like his birthfathers. We don't know if Kyalynn's parents were tiny like she is. And what caused Gabriella's disease? Was it genetic? We don't know, but God does.
I'm so glad they, nor I, am bound by my genes! They are not limited by their heredity or their DNA. They may sport their moms long eyelashes or their dads incredible love for arithmetic. They have been planted in our family where love of outdoors is encouraged and honesty is an expected characteristic. However, they have the potential to be whomever they were created to be. Really?! Absolutely! After all, they have a new ancestry. They have been adopted not only into our family, but also into God's family! They now sport a divine and royal legacy as heirs and children of the King of Kings! Hallelujah!
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17
What a promise. No matter what inherited or environmental qualities have been passed down to them, the most important inheritance they have is a place in the family of God. He is the author of their lives and He has a plan and a purpose for each of them. Every piece of this wonderful puzzle of who they are is perfectly formed, placed and planned. Each day they are learning, growing and becoming a better reflection of Him and ultimately, that is the best heredity to have and the best legacy to pass on down to the generations to come behind them.
"I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty."
2 Corinthians 6:18