Friday, March 26, 2010

Why Am I Looking At This?

Style. 

Spelling.

Addition.

Athletics.

Popularity.

Socialization.

I keep getting distracted by these things in my children's lives.

I keep being tricked into thinking that what I see about my children, is what matters.


I keep being deceived that my kids should be at a certain stage in life because of what others say...or just because of what I see other kids doing.

But what does it matter...Really?  What if Samuel can't ever dribble a basketball?  What if Brahm never learns that head-to-toe camo isn't "cool"?  What if Trusten doesn't learn to spell until he's 10?  What does it matter?

Sure, the "experts" say...

Sure, my pride may get hurt at times...

But what I want to know is what does God say?

1 Samuel 16:7 
"The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

I'm convicted today that I need to do the same.

5 comments:

The Blackley Tribe said...

Oh how I needed this reminder today! Thank you, Grace, for speaking Truth to yourself...AND to me!

Shelby said...

This is so true. I've shared this with friends of mine. I'm okay with where I am in life, my abilities, talents, pride issues, etc. but I get hung up on my kids being too concerned about what others will think. Thanks for the reminder from 1 Samuel. Maybe I need to put that on their bedroom doors for me, and them.

Grace Wheeler said...

Shelby...or make them matching shirts :) lol!

Amy Matthews said...

Great post. I totally have been convicted the same way recently. The neighbor boy came over to play for the first time ever and he is a master at sports, even golf! My first reaction was shame because my boys can't throw a ball to save their lives! But then I remembered what we spend our time on, what the boys do whith my husband, not sports but bible study and character building and just enjoying each others company.

Who cares if the neighbor kids can kick the pants off of Silas in a game of hoops? He is learning eternal things! Things that will not pass away! He is learning to have a heart like Christ and thats what matters!

Jenn said...

Haha, I love that picture. Adorable!

Thank you for this post! My son is almost 9 months and is still content to lay on his back or sit and play with his toys and I can't help but compare him to other babies who are crawling and pulling themselves up and walking along furniture at that age or even younger.

That verse is absolutely perfect. I'll try to stop focusing so much on his development and instead focus on his heart and that adorable grin. ;) If the doctor isn't that concerned, then why should I be?

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