Monday, May 20, 2013
Spiritual Lessons from Sweet Pea
She has talked to her granddad (also our pastor) about these same things.
On Mother's Day Sunday night, she told our church that God has saved her and that she wants to be obedient to Him in baptism.
This is all, of course, very exciting.
Now a confession for you: I'm a confident mom. I do not second guess our parenting decisions very often. I do not worry about my kids not having their own rooms, or the latest gadgets or really, about a lot of things that other moms seem to worry about.
But I do feel the burden of spiritually raising our children. I'm afraid they just know the "right" answers without truly understanding what they mean. I'm afraid of putting them off too long when they do know what God wants. I'm afraid of raising Christian-ized Hypocrites. But I'm also afraid of raising Couldn't Care Less Rebels.
The Spiritual aspect is the Real Deal, Important part of parenting and it scares me. Which is when I need to realize, yes, I am inadequate. But God is not.
So, anyway, after Sweet Pea's big announcement we were back home and getting ready for bed. She walked by our computer where the digital wallpaper changes and it happened to change to a scene of Egypt.
"Mom, do people in Egypt still worship idols like in the Bible?" Sweet Pea asked me. I explained how Egypt is a Muslim country now. She thought about this for a second - a very brief second.
"I might need to go there when I'm a grown-up," she declared. "I need to tell them about Jesus - they need to know!"
And my mind immediately thought, oh, I hope not. I thought of the dangers, of the political situation, or the reasons why that would be a difficult life for my daughter.
She thought of the people who need to hear about Jesus.
Clearly, spiritual lessons aren't just imparted from parent to child. Sometimes - often? - it works the other way too.
So, please pray for Sweet Pea. Pray that she will follow God's leading in her life. And pray that her mom doesn't get in the way.