I’ve had two events recently with Little Man that have challenged me about my walk with God. I’m only going to bring up one today.
Little Man has a bible with pictures in it. While in church on Sunday nights when we turn to different passages he typically turns to different pictures that he enjoys. One evening a few weeks ago, I turned to where we were reading in 1 Corinthians and there was a picture of Jesus upon the cross. The picture however was only a partial picture and he asked me if I could find a whole picture for him. Naturally, I turned to the gospels knowing I could find better and more complete pictures of Jesus on the cross there. I did, but my son still looked perplexed. The picture I had found showed Jesus, the two thieves and a vast throng of people around them. He looked up at me and very sincerely stated
“I don’t want all them I just want Him.”
I honestly don’t remember much more of the preacher’s message that night as I thought over the simple innocent statement of a three year old. When was the last time I had looked around at everyone and everything around me and sincerely stated that I didn’t want or need all that, I just wanted Jesus! Jesus who was and is the author and finisher of our faith, the savior of my soul, the one who loved me enough to lay down His life, then to grant me a home in heaven. He defeated death and took His life up again!
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” -1 John 2:15
”Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” -James 4:4
So often I seek for my delight and pleasure the resources of this wicked world. We watch their movies, listen to their songs, read their books. Now, I’m not saying all of those things are bad, but how much time are we spending in and around things that are clearly godly.
My son, not even fully realizing the extent of His statement, reminded me that I am giving him more of the “all of them” and not nearly as much of the “Him.”
My challenge to myself and to you is to examine the amount of time, whether in your life or that of your family, you spend watching, listening, reading or participating in things that are clearly godly and will train you mind and the minds of those you are responsible for toward God, versus the amount of time you spend doing other things. I’ve found that it is usually not in big event situations that keeping God first is accomplished, but in just the small day to day reminders that Jesus is the most important of anyone or anything in our lives.
If you have creative ideas on how to involve your children in Godly thinking I’d love to hear them!