Friday, 15 Sep 2017
One day in Sunday School, a 9-year old criticised the language in her Bible... I had no words to correct her thinking... She is probably 19 years old now. I pray that she learns and will keep on learning the meaning and the message for her as she continues to read the Bible of different versions. I pray that she develops a hunger for God, drawing closer to Him and knowing Him as her ABBA FATHER who holds back nothing from her. Amen.
Sunday School teachers do pray. They do pray for each and every child by name. They love. It is a privilege to teach children. It is an honour.
Christian parents have godly responsibilities. God imparts and uses parents to raise His children. Indeed, it is a privilege. It is an honour. However, Christian parents are not perfect parents. I remember how I reacted one night when my 6-year-old son simply wanted to give me a hug... I had a long day at work. I was super tired... When my son knelt down to hug me, he crushed my glasses... My husband came in at the right time. He said, "He was trying to hug you." I felt so bad, so sorry, so ashamed... I asked God then, "What's wrong with me?" If a 'neighbour' had seen me at that time, he (or she) would have judged me. If I continue to vent my anger on my son every time he breaks something, how would he grow...? What would he think? I have a part to play. It's an important part. I am God's partner to raise my son to become the man God wants him to be. I must change... I must persevere... I must pray... I must love.
What is love? I like what our pastor said at a recent Alpha session. He pointed to a child (who happens to be sitting with us). "Let's say he is my son. I love him but it doesn't mean I like everything that he does." When my Bible teacher said, "You don't have to like him. You just have to love him." He was referring to people we do not like. I simply did not understand where he was coming from. I find it hard to love someone I don't like. If that someone keeps doing the thing that I dislike, it gets harder and harder to love him (or her). I blame it on human weakness. I'm learning to overcome this weakness. When I am weak, He is strong. Amen!
So, what is love? Maybe, it is easier to say what love is not. Love is not... agreeing when something is not right; keeping quiet when we should speak up; doing something that dishonours God...
The first thing that we should remember when we become a Christian is: HONOUR GOD.
There is so much more to life the moment we become a Christian. I continue to pray and ask God to remove my pride, my stubbornness, my rebellion... I continue to pray and ask God to search my heart... and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24). I continue to pray and tell God that I do not want to be a complacent Christian or a cynical Christian or a critical Christian. God is merciful. He forgives me. He continues to teach and guide me.
Eugene Peterson: The Bible is given to us simply to INVITE us to make ourselves at home in the world of God - God's word and world - and become familiar with the way God speaks and the ways in which we answer Him with our lives. Wow! Let's do it! Amen!
Dear Father God,
Let it be with us just as you say.
Lam Yee Ling