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Don’t Bypass God

Don’t Bypass God

I waited in the game room at church for Grace to come out of her Wednesday evening activities. Her weekday school teacher, Miss Wanda, was in the same room and she and I chatted while we passed the time until Grace and her class were dismissed.

It wasn’t long until we heard the children coming down the hall. The adults turned toward the door. I smiled when I saw Grace come around the corner. “Hey, Grace!” I said as I opened my arms.

Grace rushed past me straight over to Miss Wanda. “Miss Wanda!” Grace, and all the children, love Miss Wanda. Grace threw her arms around Wanda and smiled straight up into her eyes. She turned around, looked at me and said, “Oh, hi, Rose.”

“Hi, Grace. How was your class?”

“Good. Did you see Miss Wanda is here?” Grace was still bubbling at the sight of her favorite teacher.

“Yes, I did. I was so glad to see her.”

I paused before saying anything more. I heard a small voice in my heart. Have you ever rushed past Me to get to someone you thought knew better and you trusted more?

Grace’s situation was not a lot unlike the way I’ve treated God. Sometimes I rush right past Him to someone else I think might have a better solution to my problem. I always come back to Him, because even though I may act differently in the beginning, I know He should be my first source, not my last.

One of the most important lessons we can teach our children is to “Seek first the Kingdom of God.” (Matthew 6:33). Here are a few suggestions to make that happen:

1.  Let’s demonstrate that truth in our lives. Our children need to see our example of seeking God first instead of saving Him for a last resort.

2. We can value our wise friends and advisors, but we need to pray about every situation.

3. When we observe our children struggling with something, let’s offer to join with them in prayer and ask God’s direction.

Let’s make use of every moment to teach our children to seek God first. Sometimes the simplest moments make the best lessons.

By: Linda Gilden is an award-winning writer, speaker, editor, certified writing and speaking coach, and personality consultant. Linda is the author of 18 books and over 1000 magazine articles. Linda loves to grasp those teachable moments to point her children and grandchildren to God’s wisdom. www.lindagilden.com.

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