-written by Joe Bradley
It’s amazing what you can learn from your own kids, isn’t it? We’ve been doing a daily devotion with Jack and Sam through All-Stars. Last week the devotion was entitled “The Horse.” The purpose of the lesson was to point out that God made everything, and He takes care of everything. If God spends His time and energy in making and loving these things, how much more is His love for us?
The first line reads “Have you ever made something so beautiful you just had to run and show someone?” I asked Jack what he loves to build, his answer? Legos. If you’ve never experienced the imagination of a boy that loves to build with Legos, you’ve never really experienced joy the way God intended it. Jack spends hours at a time pouring his heart into the Legos and then runs into our room loudly exclaiming, “Mom! Dad! Look what I made!” He then proceeds to explain in a 20 minute dissertation how exactly he arrived at such a creation.
I was able to take this simple lesson and explain it in a way that truly meant something to Jack. When I talked to him about how much he loves his Legos, and compared that to how much he loves his mom and dad. It was like a light bulb went off in his head. He immediately understood that, while he loves his Legos, he loves his parents in a completely different way.
I’ll be honest, I felt like the best dad in the world at this moment. I felt that I was able to explain something to my son that showed him there is a better kind of love out there than what the world has to offer.
The more I thought about this, the more I thought about my own life. How many “Legos” are there in my life that I put before my love for God? Have I built a “Lego tower” that I value more than I do my God, my wife, or my kids? Is my love misplaced? Am I missing out on what God really has for me?
What about you? Do you have a Lego tower?
The time I’ve spend with my boys teaching them what’s important in life has been invaluable for my own walk. If you aren’t spending the time to play and laugh and learn with your family, I would encourage you to. You never know how God will use the simplest moment to teach you.
-Joe Bradley serves at SoHills as a Fusion Life Group leader and Deacon. He works at Tanner Hospital as the Stroke Care Coordinator. Joe enjoys reading, going on dates with his wife Melissa, playing with his two boys, eating good food, and wrestling polar bears.