I read an illustration from the Lutheran Hour daily devotion that got me thinking. Let me share it with you,then I will tell you what I think about it:
"I share the story of two grandparents who were recently arrested. Paul and Belinda Berloni were taken into custody for pulling their seven-year-old granddaughter in her plastic Hot Wheels car. She was wearing a swimming suit and no protective gear.
Oh, I forgot, they were pulling their granddaughter behind their sports utility vehicle. The grandfather was driving, and the grandmother was sitting in the back with the hatch door up, cheering her grandchild on. Apparently, both had been drinking.The arrest record relates that the grandparents said, 'They were just having fun and had been doing it all day.' Now, I'm relatively sure the parents and grandparents who are reading this devotion have never done anything this crazy. On the other hand, there are times when we may fail to set an example for those young ones who are walking in our footsteps."
Too often the leaders in our world are more interested in 'Having Fun' than teaching the younger generation how to live a life of honesty, integrety, purity... and how to have fun doing it. Parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, and any other authority have the responsibility to model and teach that life is not all fun and games. We are "Funning" ourselves to death, and neglecting the eternal matters that last well beyond the fun of the day. All too quickly the fun ends... then what?
For Christian parents and families, the 'then what?' is hope and life in Jesus. Let's make sure that for every time we want to give our kids some fun time, we also make sure that we teach them about how to function after the fun stops. We do that by drawing to their attention to the reality of sin and Jesus. Because of sin, the fun will end, and becuse of Jesus the joy, laughter, fun will continue forever in God's house - in heaven!
Oh, and don't pull your grand kids in their Hot Wheels behind your SUV.
Don't forget there's homework:
+ What percent of the time do you devote to 'having fun' compared to 'having Jesus'?
+ Ask God to help us balance our fun with the reality of sin and our need for Jesus' love and life, and teach our kids how to have both.
+ Ask God to give His eternal comfort all who suffer and grieve, grant to them the precious life and love of Jesus.
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Jesus is our Hope!
+ Pastor John
"And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."