Have we forgotten the great issues God gave us? – Bible Type

Have we forgotten the great issues God gave us?

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When my son James was a little boy, our approach to potty training was to reward him with a point every time he did a … well, let's just say a "successful outing"! It was your classic parental reward system. Every time he ran up to the potty before a mishap, either Sarah or I checked the evidence before handing him a sticker that he proudly stuck on his cards.

As soon as he had enough points, he received a present – "Well done, son, five more poos!" For the record, the cost of this gift was easily offset by the savings on diapers and cleaning products.

So the day came when the last & # 39; number 2 & # 39; arrived, which meant the weekly menu was complete. We jumped in the car and sped to the toy store just a few miles from home. Amidst the strollers, buggies, and various other "essential" baby and toddler items, there was a small area for wooden engine kits from Thomas the Tank Engine – other wooden engine kits were available, but not as good – or at least he told me so!

When we first arrived, he kept picking which one he had, picking it up and putting it back over and over again. It was just too much for him, a flood of possibilities. Finally he decided on the right one. "Thanks, Daddy," he said, wrapping his arms around me, and we hurried home. When he got home he opened his toy with great excitement. He laid out all of his tracks, laid out all the existing trains in a certain order, and then with tremendous precision added his new acquisition, which was a perfect match for the other trains. He played for a while, enjoying the fruits of his labor, arranging and rearranging the moves.

The program “diapers for trains” worked wonderfully and we now began to get into a new rhythm. After every efficient toilet trip, he put the sticker on his card and waited eagerly for our toy business adventure. He would be so excited and excited that it felt like he was going to explode with all the pent-up energy. On the trip he would talk about the different engines he thought he would buy, his mind ran fast with all possibilities, his mouth ran even faster.

We would go to the store and he would run to the department that sold the engines without hesitation, take the ones he wanted and sprint to the checkout. Then of course straight home to play, no time for mom and dad to look around (I'll be honest, I didn't complain).

Then something interesting happened. He returned to the packaging of his chosen engine, took out the small folded catalog, and began to decide which one to get next. We noticed that he was spending more time thinking about his next reward and thinking about his next engine choice than the rewards he had already received. The tea-time conversations were full of fear and wondering what to do next. The questions and the anticipation made him more fun than the gift itself.

Over the course of a few weeks, the time he played with the engines decreased and the time he spent dousing the catalog increased. Then came the last day of "Trains for Poos". We were in the store, the engine was packed and he ran straight to the checkout – no joys, no thanks, no loving hugs. We rushed home and James ran into the lounge and ripped open the train box. The engine he bought fell out of the box and fell to the side – completely ignored. Instead, he went straight to the brochure to decide what his next request would be.

The “diapers for engines” campaign was abruptly stopped. Enough was enough – James loved the excitement, the anticipation, the trial, but overall, not only had he immediately rejected the gift, but most importantly, forgot the giver.

Throughout the process, our generosity towards him had been overshadowed, perhaps by the feeling that he deserved his own rewards, or rather by the excitement about what was coming next. Whichever way we looked at it, we just felt that he took the gifts for granted and actually enjoyed the routine and not the gift itself. And as has happened so often in my life when I think about the actions of others and begin to judge them and therefore rise above them, I hear the familiar whisper of the Holy Spirit in my heart saying, "You do too".

I started to wonder: How often do I take time in my prayer life to thank him for the things he has done? To remember in detail the things God has done in my life? Or do I just go to the next request for prayer. In short, I realized that I had forgotten to remember.

Thus began a discovery of the tradition of memory that I have now embraced and that gives me incredible strength when faced with the toughest storms in life. In fact, I find that meditating on the Lord's deeds brings incredible peace and forces fear to withdraw. In my book called "Remember", I explore the why, what, and how we should remember not only building personal resilience, but also creating hope for those we encounter. I never thought potty training would have such a profound spiritual impact on my life!

Richard Gamble is the founder of The Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, a national landmark in the UK that opens in 2022. The former chaplain of Leicester City, he wrote his first book this year, "Remember: Uncovering the Eternal Power of Answered Prayer". If you have a story about answered prayers, please share it at www.eternalwall.org.uk

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