DayBreaks for 10/11/18: Children – Our Teachers
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2008:
Do you remember the Ark Linkletter show called, “Kids Say the Darnedest Things”? I guess others now have similar shows, but I’ve not seen them. Kids are amazing, aren’t they? They’ll just come right out and say things that we as adults wouldn’t dream of saying. For example, check out these quotes from letters to pastors:
“Dear Pastor, I know God loves everybody, but He never met my sister. Yours sincerely, Arnold, age 8, Nashville”
POINT: You probably have someone in your life that you just can’t bring yourself to love. You may even think that God couldn’t possibly love them, either. Here’s the catch: God HAS met them and guess what? He does love them. And He wants you to do the same!
“Dear Pastor, I would like to go to heaven someday because I know my brother won’t be there. Stephen, Age 8, Chicago” POINT: Whatever the situation between these two brothers, I know God doesn’t approve of it. He wants us to live together in love and harmony. I’m convinced God’s heart breaks because of our divisions and pettiness. Is there something that keeps you from living in peace with your brother/sister? Do you have a quarrelsome spirit? Get rid of it – and experience His joy in your life as you discover what your brother or sister is really like!
“Dear Pastor, Please pray for all airline pilots. I am flying to California tomorrow. Laurie, age 10, New York City”
POINT: Aren’t we all prone to praying in moments of crisis? We fear death – so we pray like crazy when we consider the possibilities. But God wants us to pray for teachers, students, bosses, employees, leaders, followers – for everyone. Take time today to lift up those who have been special in your life.
“Dear Pastor, Are there any devils on earth? I think there is one in my class. Carla, aged 10, Salina”
POINT: It is easy to see the “devil” in others, but God wants to remind me of my own failings and the fact that even though he can’t have me anymore, the devil is still trying, and sometimes I let him in a crack in the door. When I give in, I have opened the door to Satan and given him a piece of my life here on earth that should be only for God.
“Dear Pastor, I liked your sermon on Sunday. Especially when it was finished. Ralph, age 11, Akron”
POINT: Every one of us needs to learn when to shut up. And with that, I bid you adieu for today! Until tomorrow, I remain, His, and yours, Galen ><}}}”>
PRAYER: Thank you, Father, for the delight we have in our children. May we bring that delight to your heart, too! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>