In the evening, before bedtime, the kids and I usually do some type of devotional. This month it has been on the Beatitudes . Yesterday, the following conversation ensued:
Me: “Am I the same person in private as I am in public?”
Me: (surprised) “Really?! How so?”
Kids: (Honesty) “You seem like you are excited to talk to grown ups, but at home, you are only a little excited to talk to us. You get frustrated and yell sometimes, but you don’t do that in public.”
Me: (Gulp) “You’re right. I get frustrated when I ask you politely to do something, then you don’t do it.
Me: (To kids) Your life is like a cup of water in a crystal clear glass. When others sample your water do they feel refreshed or is your water filled with Oreo cookie chunks, mud or other nasty things? Is the water of your soul clean or do you have impure things in your cup….like telling dirty jokes, or looking at things on the computer that you know will hurt you. Each of these “Impurities” adds a chunk of Oreo cookies to your water making it not clear any more.”
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God calls us to be single-hearted. If you’re double-hearted, you have a love for the world and for God and that produces dirty water. Being single-hearted is called, “Holiness” or pure in heart.
Kids: If we are holy, does that mean we have to be bored?”
Me: (Laughing) Absolutely not! You can have a blast and be holy! You should have seen mom and dad go white water rafting. We were screaming with excitement going down the river. It’s just good clean fun. God wants us to know a lot about Him and watch out for the stranger-dangers of this world. Matthew 10:16 says “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
Kids: Shrewd as snakes?
Me: Yeah, don’t let people take advantage of you, use good judgement and be wise to things in this world that would try to hurt or trick you.
I tuck the kids into bed. My husband prays with them this night.
Middle Son: Thanks for teaching us about this stuff mom.
Me: You’re welcome.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
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What kinds of things do you and your family participate in that is good, clean fun?