I am often surprised by the lessons I learn from children. Their honesty and simple questions cause me to stop and think about things, and learn new ways of understanding.
You’ll remember last week I stated: “We will never reach that point where we can say that we have learned enough. There is always something new to learn or a reminder that we are to continue to walk with God each day. It is important to strive toward the goal of oneness with God, and there is no better place to learn this than being together in a family.”
In Philippians 2:1-4 we are encouraged in our ongoing learning: Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
God, the creator of the universe, has called us to be part of his work to bring justice and kindness to his creation. We would think these are things parents under the guidance and love of God would teach to their children, but if like me you may at times experience the teaching coming to us through our children, their simple words or actions towards us, each other or others.
Our prayer and our daily life then should include words and actions such as: Lord, help me to embrace your calling for my life with equal parts enthusiasm, wisdom, and humility. Through it all God is our teacher and embraces us all as we walk with Him.
Have a great week.