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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Learning from Matthew

Oh how I love this little man.

It was the last day of our James Bible study yesterday.  And as part of the program for the day, they had the kids come and sing for us.  We were all so excited because kids are just cute, and it's so fun to watch kids perform.  They do such funny things :)

I saw Kathryn come in first, and she was so sweet, following her friends and trying to do everything just right as she was waiting for everyone to line up and the music to start.  I waved to her and she smiled at me and then focused again.  And then Matthew filed into the front line.  He scanned the crowd and then.... he saw me.  Matthew then started telling everyone "LOOK! IT'S MY MOMMY", or "LOOK! I SEE MY MOMMY!"  He was so excited.  He was pointing at me and waving at me.. and telling his friends... his teachers.. and anyone that could hear him that I was his Mommy.

Of course people turned to look at me... they couldn't help it.:)

They started to sing, boys were jumping.  Kathryn was singing just right.  Matthew turned around and watched everyone.  Then he started jumping.  Kids tried to grab the microphone..  it was typical adorable kid singing time.  After it was over the kids gave us a craft they made and a hug and went back to their class.  They asked parents to raise their hands.  You know.. I didn't really need to raise my hand.  EVERYONE knew who Matthew's mommy was.

I came home with the typical mommy feelings of "my kid is so cute"... and so incredibly blessed because he so obviously loves me! But there was more, too.   I couldn't stop thinking about it.  See, we were there to watch the kids perform.  But Matthew couldn't stop pointing me out.

I want to be like that about Jesus! If ever I am singing, teaching, or just in daily life.. it shouldn't be me that everyone is watching.. or that others notice.   I should be so in love with Jesus that all I do is to point to Jesus. I want to be like Matthew saying "LOOK everyone! There's Jesus!"

I could go on and on about how that looks.  I should live my life right so that my life reflects him... I try but so obviously mess up sometimes.  Thankfully the Lord is full of mercy and grace and forgives us for that.  These are some verses that are pressing on my heart;

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17.

James 1: 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Today I am so blessed.. as I think of the lesson I learned from my little boy.   May I be SO in love with my Savior that everything I do points to Him.  May I not forget what I have heard and know, so that my life reflects Christ.  So that others cannot help but look towards my Father.

1 comment:

  1. In the name of Allah,the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful.

    Say, "O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you - that we will not worship except Allah and not associate anything with Him and not take one another as lords instead of Allah." But if they turn away, then say, "Bear witness that we are Muslims [submitting to Him]."
    O People of the Scripture, why do you argue about Abraham while the Torah and the Gospel were not revealed until after him? Then will you not reason?
    Here you are - those who have argued about that of which you have [some] knowledge, but why do you argue about that of which you have no knowledge? And Allah knows, while you know not.
    Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting to Allah]. And he was not of the polytheists.
    Indeed, the most worthy of Abraham among the people are those who followed him [in submission to Allah] and this prophet, and those who believe [in his message]. And Allah is the ally of the believers.
    A faction of the people of the Scripture wish they could mislead you. But they do not mislead except themselves, and they perceive [it] not.
    O People of the Scripture, why do you disbelieve in the verses of Allah while you witness [to their truth]?

    Holy Quran 3:64-70