Last week my husband got my oldest daughter a dress and she absolutely loves it. At the preschool she attends they have a dress code Monday-Thursday, Friday is free day. So its a Tuesday and she just got the dress the night before and really really wants to wear it and keeps asking to. As im doing my bed, trying to stay on top of things, I'm getting a little annoyed that she won't just take no for an answer. In my mind I ask God for HELP, I really didn't want the morning to start off the wrong way for either of us. This whole time she is still trying to tell me how other kids in class sometimes come in out of dress code clothes and the teacher doesn't say anything and that she would not get in trouble wearing the dress and over and over it goes...(do any of your kids do this or is it just mine??)
In that moment as she was talking God clearly showed me that now is the time for me to teach her who she ultimately answers to. Yes teacher, mom, dad, friends, siblings might not always see or care and just let things slide but there is someone who is greater and sees everything, and not only that but he lives inside of us. God is the Higher authority we live under and to him we are accountable for even the littlest of details in our lives. He doesn't hold these things against us but he does want us to grow more and more like him and have the character of Christ. If we can be faithful in little things, he can trust us with greater things.
So when our children have much bigger character decisions to make then wearing a dress out of code or not, they will know who their ultimate authority is and that God is who we obey. I sometimes think they are too young to comprehend some of the things I teach them but this was a great lesson that they are never to young to know who their God is and how he wants us to live.
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather then for people. Remember that the Master you are serving is Christ.
There is a story I once heard: A boss of a very big company invites one of his management employees to lunch to discuss some business matters. They go through, get the food and are in line with their trays to pay for it. The employee goes to pay for his lunch first and either by accident or intentionally doesn't mention a packaged butter square that was on the tray hidden under his toast. The boss sees all this and decides to hold off on the huge promotion that he was about to give this man. That 50 cent packet of something cost the man a huge promotion and maybe even his job. Integrity and character are important we never know when someone might be watching us to see if we are 'real' like we say we are.
You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
What are some of your stories of things God has taught you or showed you through your little ones?