There’s a couple little guys that come over weekly to play. One is old enough to talk and tells me I’m his best ‘fwiend’ and throws his arms around my legs telling me he loves playing here. The other one says it all with his eyes and outstretched arms.
I’m a small part of their growing up years. Praying that what they find at grammy’s house and in her heart is Jesus. Songs for Him, books about Him, prayers regularly – and a grammy who wants to someday grow up and be more like Jesus.
I’m working on it – I’ll be a work in progress for a while longer I think. “Then we will no longer be infants…Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head.” (Ephesians 4:14a-15 BSB)
Nothing wrong with dreams and hopes about our earthly lives. But what happens when things don’t turn out the way we planned? What happens when what was supposed to make us happy leaves us empty?
This is what those little boys need to understand. Earthly pursuits are just that – earthly, and come to an end and never satisfy. But heavenly pursuits? Oh, my little ones, those are the ones that are earth shakers, eternity makers. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.” (Luke 12:31 NLT)
How do I know? Because I’ve pursued worldly offerings. And while there are sweet memories, there are bitter regrets. But in all my pursuing of God, I’ve never been let down, left out, abandoned, dismissed, rejected, felt less than.
The more we treasure God the less appeal earthly treasures have. Stormie Omartian said: “The truth is, we reflect what we behold.” Are we beholding (seeing, pondering, searching) out the Bible and constantly praying to God – if so we will reflect Him. But if little eyes see us desiring fame or fortune, power or possessions – then all they will see in us is emptiness.
From infant to grown up this is what God has to say: “Be like newborn babies who are thirsty for the pure spiritual milk that will help you grow and be saved. You have already found out how good the Lord really is.” (1Peter 2:2-3 CEV)
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