Sunday, April 4, 2010

"I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

It is the deepest desire of my heart for my children to know and love their Lord and Savior personally. I work hard to introduce Him to them, to point Him out in all the wonders of creation, to acknowledge His provisions in their daily lives, but I am struck by one idea. They must make that relationship their own. They must come to the Lord of the universe themselves and bend their knees and acknowledge Him as Lord of their own lives. As much as I wish I could make this decision for them, I cannot. It must be theirs and theirs alone. So when my dear third child decided in child faith to give his life to Jesus, my heart overflowed with exuberant joy. He had been contemplating for some time this One who came to die for him, asking questions, seeking. Then one evening after having watched a local performance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, he quietly committed his heart to Jesus. He approached me later and explained what had happened in his dear little heart with the words, "I am different now." It is true. He is different. Sure he is still a little boy, with much growing into maturity yet to take place, but there is evidence of the miracle of salvation within his heart. That miracle is refreshing. It gives great hope and reminds me of the wonder of a changed life, a life rising from the ruins into a something beautiful beyond comprehension, the most beautiful ruins of all!


Jenny said...

We are rejoicing with you...and dear Caleb at his decision to trust Christ as His Savior!!! So close to his own birthday, too! I know how much you and Mike are praising God for this change in his life/ heart. May Caleb grow, and grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!
We love you!

Anonymous said...

Please help Caleb grow up to be strong, a leader among his friends. Keep a burning passion within him and set him on fire with desire for you. When he gets worried about what people around him think of his faith, remind him that you think it is absolutely awesome and that your cause is the greatest cause to live for. Bring people into his life that will help him fall in love with you all over again. Thank you for all the amazing work you are doing in his life.