Monday, November 19, 2007

Things that make ya go hmmm?

As I sat down at church yesterday, I knew the message was going to rock. Especially since a certain 3 year old finally went to her 'class'. Yea!

It became quite clear immediately that the message was seriously good when I realized I had forgotten a pen and I was frantically searching my bag for a pencil, lipstick, or crayon. I needed something to write with!

I found a crayon and immediately began scratching out notes like a child.

So what was the message you may be wonndering?

Discovering the integrity of your heart.
"...To act justly" Micah 6:8
What hit me the hardest was when our pastor gave the visual of this:
An everyday trip to Kmart in which a boy's father realized the clerk had given him too much change and so on a bitter cold Chicago day the father walked back into the store to stand in line at service to return the couple of cents.
He followed up with the fact that it was not through family devotion times that he learned about 'doing right', but through the way his parents lived the way of the bible.
WOW. So true.
And still from there the message gets even better.
"Do not have two differing weights inn your bag-one heavy, one light. Do not have two differing measures in your house- one large, one small. You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your GOD is giving you. For the LORD your GOD detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly."
Deuteronomy 25:13-16
WOW again! So here are some powerful examples of how this occurs in everyday life:
age of our children when it comes to theme parks, menus, airplanes VS. age of our children when it is time to enter kindergarten.
the fuss we make when we are given less change VS. when we are given too much change
square feet of our home when we are getting a construction bid VS the square feet of our home to a realtor or appraiser.
complaints we give when asked to work past 5 pm VS how much time we spent on internet with non business activity
Income on a loan app (huge) VS income reported on income taxes
inflated resume VS actual job performance
myspace personality VS real life personality
see you own strengths VS seeing others weaknesses
Referee makes a call for your team VS ref makes a call against your team
Address for school district VS primary address
being under charged for an item VS being over charged for an item
I think it is easy to get preoccupied with life and forget that even our everyday actions impact our children so greatly. If we want our children to follow God, we must make God a part of our everyday experiences.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. these commandments that I give you today are to upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
Deuteronomy 6:5-7
This comes at such a great time of the year when so many people let the stresses of the season show. Just being encouraging, polite, and giving in our everyday errands will have such an impact on not only our children, but complete strangers too. Imagine an entire town joining in and living this way, it would change lives....


Alana said...

I love that verse. It is the theme verse for the children's ministry at our church. Great thoughts!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful lesson, and I am so glad you got to pay attention to it completely! I hope I will be right there with you in a couple of weeks!

Janelle said...

Great lesson. Isn't it awesome when you feel like the message was written just for you?

dawn said...

Thanks for sharing, Jen. I do love that very in Deut.

It is so important to teach by example. That is why your earlier post about having too many clothes was so good. What are we teaching them when we let them have too many material things?

You are learning and sharing lessons that we all need to hear and learn.


Pam said...

So true. Actions most definitely speak louder than words. Thanks for sharing.

shelley said...

That's awesome Jen. I hate that I missed that one.

michelle said...

I've been thinking about the message also. Thanks for posting it so I can spend time soaking it in.