Christian 2 Christian
We can always learn great lessons from our young children.
A plate of Kaiden’s favorite dinner meal – chicken and rice – has sat on the dining table for at least an hour now.
My little 6-year-old grandson has a penchant for letting his food sit around, thus forcing a guardian to coerce him to finish eating it.
I promise you, I don’t know where he gets any of that.
But he’s at it again tonight.
His mom is about to lose patience:
“Kaiden,” she sneers, “If you don’t finish that food right now, I’m going to come over there and I promise you, you’re not going to like it.”
Kaiden shovels a couple of forks full into his mouth and babbles at the same time, “I’m eating mom, I’m eating.”
Then Blu, our dog, breaks the next moment of silence, barking wildly at another dog outside our window.
The procrastinating eater is, as usual in such situations, the first to scold old Blu.
“Shut-up Blu,” Kaiden bellows. “Blu if you don’t stop all that noise, I’m going to come over there and you’re not going to be very happy if I do.”
Silently, I’m laughing, absolutely rolling inside as I drink in some of the lessons unfolding to me through this little scenario:
Here’s big time Kaiden, not in the least, concerned that he’s got his own set of problems, created by his own hand, to worry about.
No, he’s more concerned with the transgressions of Blu, an assuredly more sinful sinner, if you ask Kaiden.
Heck, the way he sees all right at this moment, Blu is the original bad dog. And it will take the firm discipline of sinless Kaiden to get this pooch straightened out.
Forget that Kaiden is only 6.
Isn’t what he’s doing all part of human nature?
Isn’t it so typical of us all to ignore the bad stuff that we do while focusing more and loudly on the transgressions of others, even pets?
Jesus wasn’t talking just to folks of His time when He said:
“Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matt. 7:4-5).
No, Jesus was and is talking to you, me and everybody breathing because He knows how we are.
We do well, too, when we heed the Mater’s words.
A few days after another of my many lessons through Kaiden, Zavion, his older brother is helping me load my disassembled scooter into my car.
“There’s a specific way to fit that scooter seat in,” I tell myself as Zavion grabs the item. “And I’m not sure a 15-year-old is going to take the time to figure that out.”
But remembering the words of Jesus, I remain silent and watch as Zavion completes the task.
To my amazement, he finds a faster and easier way to load the scooter seat into the car.
And I’m still trying to determine how I first missed seeing the value in carrying out the task that way.
The mote in my eye clearly was much bigger than I ever could have imagined.
Jesus knows us all, even little kids only moments old.
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Ps. 127:3).