Archive for January, 2008

Blatant Reminders

It never ceases to amaze me how the Father gently (and sometimes not-so-gently!) reveals what He wants us to know or understand. His message may be revealed in a blazing, unmistakable fashion or it may be in a very quiet tugging of the heart. This week the Father reminded me in a very obvious way that I have 3 pairs of little eyes watching everything I do and say. The reminder came from the very mouth of one of the children. While lying in the bed with Eli last night he said to me “Last night I was obedient to God for not gettin’ up”. For those who do not have a three year old, I will translate – “Last night I was obedient to God because I did not get out of bed”. A quick burst of gladness came over me because I was able to see the Father working in his heart. What a joy! I told Eli how proud I was of him and how the Father is pleased when we are obedient. He quickly replied that I am supposed to obey God too. I told him that he was correct that Pa does have to obey God. The response that I received was completely unexpected – “Sometimes you not obey God.” There it was. In five words, my three year old son reminded me that he is watching me and it is not always good. Though I have never been under the delusion that my children only see the good in my life, I never expected to be held accountable by my three year old! It is a not-so-subtle reminder that as parents we are always under evaluation by our children. We must never forget that. It is so important that our lives be characterized by the Fruit of the Spirit rather than than the works of the flesh. Would we rather our children produce works of the flesh or the Fruit of the Spirit? Then we must continually demonstrate what the fruit of the Spirit looks like. “An apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” seems to be appropriate doesn’t it.?  

 “Father, may we always produce your fruit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and self-control.”

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 – Pa


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