We have some of our best conversations while driving around town. Yesterday as we were heading to the store Micah asked if me if I wanted to know what his definition of God was. Yep, I want to hear this as I have know idea where you are coming from since we were talking about something totally different.
Micah's definition of God - "a holy and just and righteous Lord who saves us"
Do you like my definition mom? Yes I do Micah :-)
We listen to Christian talk/preaching in the car. When I first started listening to it in the car the boys would beg for me to put in a cd within minutes of turning it on. Now days they rarely ask for the music and they listen to the pastor on the radio. On the way home from the store the pastor was talking about the end times and the doctrine of demons that would be prevalent in the world and also how the church would fall away from the Lord. His example of the doctrines of demons was 1) forbidding to marry & 2) those saying you can not eat certain foods. The pastor used cheeseburgers as an example explaining that you will not become a holier person because you don't eat certain foods but there are those who will try to teach this as God's way. Xavier not quite understanding what he meant cries out from the backseat of the car "Mom, I'm not allowed to eat cheeseburgers?" After I reassured him that he was allowed to eat a Quarter Pounder from Micky D's. He moved on to the second part of the pastor sermon about falling away from God. "How does a church fall away from the Lord? Why do people (because they are the church) walk away?" Wonderful questions from a 9 & 10 year old...
Children think so much simpler than we do. One of my favorite books is "The Little Prince". In the beginning the prince asks the man to draw him a sheep. The man goes through a couple of drawings trying to draw the picture of the sheep which the prince refuses until the man draws a box (the sheep is inside). Perfect for the little prince. My children remind me of the little prince, while they want to be so big and grown up. It is the simple things that matter most. As we grow up we loose our childish faith and the world takes over. We think and act according to what society dictates. We believe in the Lord but we forget to put him first because our way is faster, better, the right path. Children on the other hand tend to "call a spade a spade". We reason that they do not understand life, they do not know about grown up things. But maybe we would be better off looking at our grown up things with the eyes of a child. Then we would not be fighting the Lord so much trying to get our way. Maybe if we were simpler in our thinking we would see the beauty of His creation more often, the plan He has laid out for us more clearly and the blessings He has bestowed on us more easily.
Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”