I had the most amazing conversation with my middle-little man the other day when we were getting out of the truck.
As anyone with more than one child knows, “getting in the truck” or “getting out of the truck” is a process all it’s own in your day. I try to give myself a good 15-20 minutes from the time we leave the door to the time we actually put the truck in drive when planning our schedule. Between getting everyone to the truck, getting everyone up in the truck, and getting everyone buckled down …well, let’s just say I occasionally miss the days when they were too little to work their own legs.
But I’m thankful for a lot of the time we spend in the truck. We don’t have DVD players or video games, it’s family time. In the mornings we talk about what we’re going to do today, and how we’re going to behave today, and how we’re going to treat other people today. In the evenings we talk about what happened today, how we acted today, and how we might change our behavior tomorrow.
And we sing. A lot.
And we talk about not interrupting each other. A lot.
But the other day, while I was unclicking seat belts in the driveway, my big boy looked at me and said “Jesus is God’s son and he died and went to heaven. When I die I’m going to heaven and I’m gonna give God a big hug.”
And we had a beautiful conversation about how wonderful heaven is and how wonderful God is for letting us come there if we love him. And how much he loves us and loved his son, Jesus.
I am thankful that God sprinkles my slam-packed, busy, hustling days as a working parent with every teaching moment I need if I just keep my eyes and ears open for them.
I am thankful for God’s blessings on our efforts to teach and mold our children and to see those efforts blooming in their little hearts.
And I am thankful that God sent us these little blessings to teach us the truths of his Word. “And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them. And said, Verily, I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4.