Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Insight from My 6 Year Old Son

Last week at Pogy’s Subs, on our table there was a laminated card that had this saying:

Dear God,
So far today I’ve done all right.  I haven’t gossiped, I haven’t lost my temper, I haven’t lied or cheated.  I haven’t been greedy, or grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent.  I’m very thankful for that, but, in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to get out of bed.  And from then on I’m probably going to need a lot more help.  Amen.

We all smiled after we finished reading it…except my 6 year old son.  He had a serious look on his face while he claimed, "That’s not true!"  We asked, "What do you mean?"  He explained, "This person said she hasn’t done anything bad so far but that’s not true.  She has been boasting."  Wow…my son had a deep thought!  It is often easy for us to think that we are doing all right or that we are doing better than that person or those people.  We need to be very careful not to let pride creep in our heart and mind.  Pride pushes God aside; God hates pride.

"As it is, you boast and brag.  All such boasting is evil." James 4:16

"This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord" Jeremiah 9:23-24

"If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.  ….But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."  2Corinthians 11:30, 12:9

"Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything, for ourselves, but our competence comes from God." 2 Corinthians 3:5

By the way, we can sin even when we’re still lying in bed.  We need to remember to take captive our every thought to make it obedient to Christ….in bed and out of bed.

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