Monday, May 24, 2010

Winding Down

I cannot believe it, but Zach is almost out of week is it! This is one of those "last's" that Karen Kingsbury talks about in her children's book (Let Me Hold you Longer...I think). The last day of kindergarden. We've already had the last day of tball (ever) and so many more things that you never think about until they are gone.
I look at him and wonder how we changed his life when we adopted him 5 years ago. Did we save him out of an orphanage, off the streets, from death? I don't know, but I do know that we didn't save him at all, God did. He chose Zach for us from the beginning of time and nothing could've stood in the way of bringing our firstborn home from Guatemala. It seemed for a time that he wouldn't be part of our lives, but in God's most perfect timing, he was brought home.
I can say with 100% certainty that we did save Zach from the worst thing that could ever have happened to him...we saved him from hell. Earlier this year, he understood his need for a Savior and was brought into the family of God for eternity.
So I can say that no matter what else happens in his life...he has already experienced the BEST thing that life has to offer. JESUS! I pray for him that he will become a man of God. Knowing the hardship and circumstances that we had to go through to even get him here, he has a purpose that Satan was trying to keep him from (I believe).
On that note, the most important thing that we can do for our children like God instructed the Isrealites in Deuteronomy 11:19
"Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
Moses was telling them just previously not to turn away from their God and worship idols. If they did, God would take His favor from them in anger and they would be punished. I think this applies to us today in that we have so many distractions that can cause us to turn away from our first love (Christ) and worship idols (money, things, tv, our children, etc.). We must teach our children the two commandments that were left for us by Christ in the New Covenant. They are found in Matthew 22:37-39
" 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "
If we don't show these things to our children by our own actions, then they will be more likely to turn and follow the way of the world (which leads to death).
May we all strive to be the examples of Christ to our children that we need to be to make them have the overwhelming desire to have what we have....Christ in us!!

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