"Jesus said to them, 'Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.'"
There are a lot of similarities between me and my son... not only in looks but characteristics. I also know he's his own person, and has unique aspects, too. But when I read this verse today, it impressed upon me that Ezra is who he is largely because of who I am (and, of course, because of who my wife, Jody, is!). What he's seen me do (or not do) is indelibly imprinted on his psyche. My values, habits, actions, words, & endeavors shape my son - whether he likes it or not.
That's quite a daunting & humbling thought. (Lord, help me be the man You need me to be, so Ezra can be the man You need him to be!) It also tells me that I can know what God is like, because I know what Jesus is like, through stories in Scripture, and his presence in my life today. I guess he's a chip off the old block!