Children Learn By Example….
“Be imitators of God…And Walk in love,
as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us.”
Children learn by example….
Today my youngest son, Espen (who is 4 years old), proved this! During meeting this morning when Bryan asked if anyone had a hymn. Espen blurts out loud and clear without thinking twice about it…”number 6!” My first response was to reach across the row of chairs where he sat beside his big brother Tristan and cover his mouth and say “Shhhhhhhhh!” But then I thought better of if, and pulled my hand away and let the chips fall at they may…so to speak. Bryan said “We can sing that one.” Just as calm as a cucumber! Needless to say I was not calm at ALL! My face turned the darkest shade of a red apple, and I started to sweat, I thought to myself…what will happen during testimony…LOL Then the thought came to me, that this could be a positive experience for Espen , and create a deeper love for meeting, by just accepting his humble little request to sing “number 6.” I wouldn’t want to squelch the still small voice that must be dealing with his little heart.
My thoughts turned to just HOW often Espen has stated he wants to be JUST like his brothers…and I thought of the awesome burden that they alone bear. They have a little one who is traveling in the footprints that they leave behind. And it made me want to be a better example myself…before ALL of my children. Sometimes when we least expect it, God sends us gentle reminders to keep us on track. This morning it was something as simple as a hymn…”When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss And pour contempt on all my pride….” Espen did not realize the actual hymn he was calling out…it is just a number to him right now…but I am hopeful and prayerful that one day, he too will want the dying life. I so want to be a pillar in God’s family…by His grace may it be so.