I wake to the sound of my alarm. Gently, I lift my head from the pillow to turn off the buzzing annoucement that morning has come. My head pounds from a sinus headache but I want to get started on the day before the kids wake up. Just as I’m putting on my shoes so that I can ride my exercise bike, I hear the sound of feet slapping on the tile floor.
The boys are up early.
And my youngest has woken up on the wrong side of the bed.
It’s a rule in our house that they cannot be up before 7am. If they happen to get up before then, I send them back to their room. On this morning, my youngest begins whining and fussing right away. He wants to play a computer game. I remind him of the 7am rule and that they are not allowed to play computer games on the mornings that we have to go somewhere.
“I WANT TO PLAY A COMPUTER GAME! GIVE ME WHAT I WANT RIGHT NOW!”
Children are as real as a person can get. No pretense, no masks, no pretending, they say and do whatever is on their heart. Unlike adults, it’s often easier to get to the core of their problem. There aren’t layers and layers of denial hiding the real problem.
We sit down for breakfast and I talk with the boys about how our hearts want what we want. That’s our heart condition. We talk about what would happen if I let them do and have whatever they wanted everyday. I point out that God restrains sin and that the world would be a lot worse if He let us be as sinful as we could be.
I then look my youngest in the eye and said, “Jesus came to save you and give you a new heart that wants what God wants instead of what you want. He came to save you from that sinful desire to always have what you want.”
Isn’t that my own heart? I want what I want and I want it now. My little one reflects my own heart back to me, reminding me of my own need for the cleansing truth of the gospel of grace.
It is this truth that I rest in: “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:25-27
Yes Lord, wash me clean! Give me a tender heart of flesh that desires You above all else. Help me to never forget these gospel truths. And continue Your gospel cleansing work in my boy’s hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I have a little giveaway today. Does your child like to color? I am giving away a coloring book titled A Bible Alphabet- Activity Book. For each letter of the alphabet, there is a picture to color that begins with that letter. For example, letter “d” is for donkey and there is an image of a donkey to color. Below the image is a sentence about Balam and his donkey. At the back of the book are corresponding passages to read for each coloring page.
To enter, just leave a comment below and/or “like” my Facebook page. If you “like” me on Facebook, tell me so in the comments. Random.org will select the winner next Wednesday. Giveaway update, 7/25/12, Kristin T. is the winner of this giveaway.
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