"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

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They’re teaching us

You’ve probably heard me say it before: I’m sure I learn way more from my kids each day than they ever learn from me. And, if you’re a parent, you’ve probably experienced the same. It seems every day I observe something in them that I should be emulating…a sacrificial attitude, the ability to change moods quickly, or the knack for finding joy in the everyday drudgery of life.  I watch them and become motivated to do better.

Recently, however, I experienced a more direct lesson.

Our nine-year-old daughter came to me to let me know she’d made up her first devotional talk. It wasn’t really FOR anyone or anything in particular…she’d just been thinking about it. She had a sparkly little box in her hand, and this is what she said:

“This box reminds me of what Satan tries to do to us. He wants to distract us from what’s really important by showing us things that LOOK really exciting.”

“But, once we get into them, we see that they’re not all we thought they’d be. They’re EMPTY.”

“And sometimes, by the time we realize it, he has TRAPPED us in whatever he’d used to attract us.”

I asked Addy to share those thoughts with the rest of the family that night during our family devotional, and she did. The next day, our two-year-old, who never wants to be left out of anything, said SHE had a lesson, too. She’d found a stack of fun-foam pages and started banging them on the table, saying,

“In the beginning, when it was DARK…

(Flips black page down to show white…)

“God said, ‘Hey! Let’s have LIGHT!”

I’ve always hoped my kids would grow up to teach others what they know. Praise God, it looks like they’ve already started.

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I have everything

He fell in step beside me, as the neighbor kids often do when I walk to the mailbox down the street. And he stopped me in my tracks with the very first words out of his mouth.

“Ms. Amy, you have everything!”

“What?” I laughed, looking around and wondering if I’d heard him correctly. But the little boy wasn’t laughing. His big brown eyes were serious as he looked up at me and continued.

“You are a teacher, you have two cars…and you get to teach people.”

My first reaction was to explain to him that our vehicles were both older models and that they weren’t exactly……But no. I couldn’t get a single word to come out, because I knew that he was absolutely right. Both our vehicles serve their purposes perfectly, and on top of that, I “get to teach people.”

I get to teach other people’s children in Bible classes at church, and in both our homeschool co-ops. And I am privileged to teach my own four children at home every day. And while sometimes all that teaching feels more like a burden than a blessing, I realized there on the sidewalk by the mailboxes that it’s a gift I’ve been under-appreciating.

Because I do love to teach. I love reading with my kiddos and seeing them learn. I love learning with them all the things I never knew about history and geography and science.

But most of all, I love that I get to teach them about heaven, where we can spend eternity with the God who gave us this incredible life that’s still only a hint of the one to come.

Yes, I have everything.

It just took the eloquence of a little brown-eyed boy to remind me.

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