This morning I had a moment with my son that challenged me. I have a challenging 3-year old many days, yes. But sometimes he amazes me by saying things that really challenge me in my faith. I think, “how could you know or understand that?!” I speak to him of biblical principles and spiritual concepts all day, but I often lack the faith to actually believe he will retain any of it.
He constantly reminds me that the Lord does hear our prayer. That the Lord does work in supernatural ways in the heart of man. But this morning he unknowingly challenged me in my understanding of Scripture.
So, this morning, when my 3-year old found himself angry in a situation that didn’t go his way, he spoke quite harshly to his dad. I heard him and addressed it. I explained that I understood he was angry, but there are better ways to handle our feelings, and speaking in an unloving, unkind way to others isn’t the way. He agreed that his speech was not kind or loving. I then explained how in the Bible, God tells us to speak to each other in such a way that encourages each other and builds each other up. We are to speak the truth in love.
I then suggested, “How about you try that? Try saying something to daddy that encourages him and builds him up. Can you try that?”
“Yeah, Mann..." I said, "just like that.”
Children can speak nonsense much of the time, it is true. But it always amazes me the profound nuggets of wisdom and spiritual insight that can come from their mouths. I disciple my child daily, but he always pushes me to examine my own heart and challenges my faith, I think, more often than I do him. Teach your kids, and take the time to listen, friends! You’ll often learn something!