This was sent to me today, and I know that I can certainly relate to it. My house is almost always in a state of disarray thanks to the two little boys who live with me! They are getting better in cleaning up, but often they will clean up only to make it messy again in another hour. At times when I get totally frustrated with the mess and tempted to throw everything away (which would not win me any points with anyone), I remind myself that their childhood is relatively short. Someday I will miss the mess.
WRINKLES OF LOVE
“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”
Mark 10: 13, 14
King James Version
I have a cover on my couch that I straighten after someone sits on it. My nephew and his family came over this afternoon to visit. I have not seen him in three years. What a joy it was to my heart to see him today! I did not straighten the cover on the couch after they left, and it may be a while before I do because there are wrinkles of love made by his children.
We need to stop worrying so much about how our house looks when the children are playing because they grow up very fast. Sometimes it may seem like they will never grow up and leave home. Yet, many times after they leave home we wish they were still little and living at home. We should hug them every day and tell them we love them because when they are grown and leave home, they sometimes move to another state.
When we accept Jesus as our personal Saviour, we have to go to Him in childlike faith. Many times we think that we have to get our life straightened out before we go to Him. It is just the opposite, because without Jesus, it is impossible to clean up our lives. It takes His cleansing blood applied to our hearts to take away our sins and the filth of our past.
Allow your children to mess up your home and cherish them. Above all, tell them about Jesus and His Love for them. Put your arms around them and love them to Jesus before it is too late.
July 3, 2006