Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I'll Take a Mulligan...

"For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children, That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children, That they should put their confidence in God And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments..." Psalm 78: 5-7

These scriptures present a responsibility on the part of those of us who are Christians. God expects us to teach our children...even those not yet born...to put their confidence in God and keep His commandments. As a soon-to-be grandmother, I have a responsibility to see that my grandchild is brought up in the House of the Lord, and taught His commandments. As a mother, I blew it. Yes, I took my children to church, but I did not teach them scripture....I did not teach them to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. I did not live a life before them that showed a commitment to the Lord God. That is the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge of God and what Jesus Christ did on the cross for me. When I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, and asked Him to come into my heart, my children were teenagers. Even today, I still tend to beat myself up about the things I didn't do for my kids. But, praise God, I have been given a Mulligan...another opportunity to "do it right"...my granddaughter. As long as I have breath in my body, she will be taught to know and love God...she will go to the house of the Lord and worship Him in spirit and in truth. I know I can't change the past, but I have an awesome opportunity for a Mulligan...a "do-over". I don't want to blow it this time.

Father in Heaven, I praise You today for giving me a "do-over" in the form of my grandchild. God, You alone know how my heart grieves for the lost opportunities with my own children, but I thank You for loving me so much that You are willing to give me the chance to make a positive influence in the life of my grandchild...making sure that she knows and love You. Thank You, Lord. I love You. Amen and amen.

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