"The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
One thing I always have told my children is not to pretend to do wrong. When one of my son's was young, he was driving a matchbox car and pretending that the man inside the car was angry. He was talking for the pretend man in an angry tone. Even when we are imagining a scenario and acting the part out, we are modelling the kind of behavior that might someday roll off our tongue.
|Haven of Rest|
Do you remember being a small child? I have impressions of my thoughts as a child of about five years old that I hope I will never forget. I remember my intentions and motives that no one realized but me.
I remember playing in my yard with a little neighbor girl who was younger than me. She had a very tiny little doll that I really wanted. Don't tell me that a child of four or five doesn't have a wicked heart. Don't tell me a child that young doesn't understand the motives in their heart. I was coveting that doll and I knew it although I didn't yet know the word covet!!
It says in Deuteronomy 5:21 that we shouldn't covet "any thing that is thy neighbor's"
I got that doll!! I remember the mean feelings I had towards the sweet little girl and how I connived in persuading her to give it to me. My mother didn't believe me when I told her the little girl gave it to me and I had to give it back!! Aren't mothers wise?! I was both deceitful and desperately wicked!!
In our interactions with our children and husband this week, lets allow God to work in our hearts. Ask God to show you where you are blinded to your thoughts and actions.
What is in our hearts has a way of playing out in our behavior towards others. You will see this more readily in your little children's interactions with one another, or with the man in the matchbox car. Notice your thoughts this week and your self-talk. Allow God to examine this area of your heart this week.
In Christ Alone,