My daughter is in Cubbies (AWANA) and I LOVE reading through her book with her each week! Most weeks we even do an extra activity to help reiterate the lessons. This week we talked about how Mary cried over Jesus’ feet and put perfume in His hair, and it was the perfect gift for Him at that time. The extra activity suggested giving or something else the child sees as valuable to Jesus in some way.
Ruthie chose to give some of her money from her bank. We dumped out all the coins, and she started “counting out” how much she wanted to give. But what she ended up doing was going through each coin and picking out the best looking ones to Jesus. If it didn’t look good to her, she put it back in the bank.
I love how my kids bring out these sweet teachable moments for ME to learn! Here sweet Ruthie is choosing the best for Jesus – when was the last time I really gave Jesus my best? When did I look through the valuables in my life and say, “Oh this is for Jesus because this is the best!” I think when you start down the path of knowing that all we have truly belongs to God, its hard to see whether we’re intentionally giving Him anything, let alone our best.
Let me share questions I am asking myself:
· What have you been given?
· What’s valuable to you?
· You are given something valuable – how are you gifting it back to Jesus?
· Are you holding anything back from Jesus that you need to give back to Him?
Lord Jesus, Thank you for teaching through my children? Help me to give like Ruthie gave to you! I know that what I give is not going to make you love me more or less, but I want to give because you have given me so much. I know you would take even the dirty, tainted parts of me, but Lord I truly want to give you my best. Can you show me how I can start doing that? In Your Name I pray…
Leah works with Master Plan Ministries at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Other than watching college students' lives change, she enjoys getting her mind blown by God and His Word, watching sci fi, baking cupcakes, and spending time with her hunky husband.