Trying to teach our boys the paradoxical realities of the Christian life became God’s way of teaching Angie and me deeper truths than we expected to glean. What began with an objective of teaching them how to put their brother before themselves, ended with the innocence of a child revealing a vivid reality in us all. Let me explain: Each week, Saturday night is special because it is family worship at our house. Focused around the dinner table, and God’s Word, we memorize verses, talk about personal struggles, and devote time to training our children how to walk with the Lord.
The focus last week was on Matthew 20:16 “the last will be first, and the first last.” We began dinner by serving the boys ice cream first. After all, the Bible teaches us to bless those who persecute you. Things do seem backwards from the way the world defines life. By the time we moved on to the main course, we zeroed in on, swimming upstream. After all, if life is a river, then seeking Christ requires swimming upstream – to avoid floating with the current. The lesson culminated then with “the last will be first and the first will be last.” This made for fun bedtime preparations. Who was going to go upstairs first? Not me! Nor anybody. We all waited for another to go first so we could be last. With PJ’s on and a couple hours passed since we recited the memory verse together, I asked our 3 year old, Luke, if he could say our verse? Here’s what he said, “The last will be first and the first will be fast!”
Out of the mouth of babes, indeed! I’m so glad God chooses to speak to us even when we are trying to be the teacher! I’ve got a long way to go, but God is helping me curtail my own fast-paced tendency and the desire to be “first” – or is that “fast”?