Say It With Chalk
by Steve Hale
"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the your God is giving you" ( Exodus 20:12, NKJV).
May 12, 1996. It is the Lord's Day, but it is also Mother's Day. The children all have big plans for their mother, to make this a special day.
Jason, with his own allowance money, wants to buy her a beautiful rose. Beth sees a colorful balloon that says "Happy Mother's Day." As Cindy meanders in another part of Wal-Mart, I gather all this stuff together, pay for it and run it out to the car.
Kimberly decided on a vase with a balloon and candy for her mother. She changed her mind before we left, and wanted me to get the money back for it. "What are you going to get for her then, Kimberly," I asked? She insisted that she wanted me to corne back later and buy some chalk! While I was out later in the day, I did just that.
Early Sunday morning, after practicing at the building, the children, upon my return to the house, wanted to immediately bestow their mother with their gifts. Jason gave her his rose, and Beth her balloon. I gave her a corsage, and we all gave her a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. Then, Kimberly took her mother by the hand, and took her outside. Cindy choked back the tears as she looked off our deck and onto the driveway.
Kimberly had drawn a big heart with the words: "Happy Mother's Day." She just wanted her mother to know that she was special.
When you think about it, our lives before God are a lot like that. The artistry may not be the best, and we may color outside the lines because of human performance. But, our lives need to draw the picture that we love God and we want to please him. The Lord doesn't ask for our perfection ( 1 John 1:8-10), but our loyalty.
In that sense, everyday is "our Father's Day," as we offer Him a daily picture. What are you drawing? Is it as I the love of a child for his/her parents, or is it one of neglect and apathy?
Jesus said: "...take up your cross daily, and follow me" ( Luke 9:23). What have you done for the Lord today ( Matthew 25:31-46)!
May 19, 1996
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