Last night as I approached the bed of my 2 year old son, I could sense his excitement for what was about to take place. Minutes earlier, before we took him to get ready for bed, I told him I would tell him a story instead of reading one to him before he fell asleep. As I crawled into his bed, he told me he was ready for me to begin. What happened next was a valuable teaching moment.
While I was telling my son the story of Joseph and his brothers, he laid there quietly, listening to every word coming out of my mouth, without moving. As I was wrapping up the story for the night, Caden rolled over and said, “Tell me another story, daddy.” Those precious words from the mouth of my 2 year old brought a huge smile to my face. He wanted to hear more.
As I laid there next to my son, I couldn’t help but think about what he had said, “Tell me another story, daddy.” I laid there thinking about how eager my son was to hear more. I pray this always will be the attitude he exhibits when it comes to scripture. So often I am afraid the older we get, the less eager we are to hear more. At times we all harbor that attitude, “Not again! I have heard this a hundred times.”
Paul said, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Rom. 10:17).
The Psalmist wrote, “Oh how I love you law! It is my mediation all the day. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way” (Psa. 119:97, 103-104).
Last night when I thought I was teaching my son, he was actually teaching me. May God forgive all of us when we harbor any attitude other than one of eagerness and anticipation when it comes to hearing His word. Like my 2 year old son, may I always have a desire to hear more.
Now that’s Something to Think About!