Jesus and a Bunch of Preschoolers

Jesus with Children¬†I know, I know, the titles of my posts are getting weirder and weirder. I haven’t completely lost it though, I promise!

As I was hanging out with Jesus this morning before work, (I’m an assistant teacher in a beginning preschool classroom. Hence the title of my post… ūüėČ ) having a conversation with Him about the day I had ahead of me, I realized that a lot of the time us Christians act kind of like grown up preschool kids. I look at how most of my kiddos act on a daily basis and see a good amount of those same behaviors mirrored in the Church as a whole. There were three that jumped out at me:

1. We tend to whine and cry when things don’t go just the way we want them to go.¬†

Much like my preschool kids, (or any for that matter) who whine, cry, and throw fits when they don’t get what they want, or get to do what they want, we tend to do much the same. Calling out to God when something didn’t go the way we thought it should or wanted it to. Instead of trusting in His plans and that His way is infinitely better than ours, we blame Him, complain, and maybe even kick and scream when things don’t go our way. (Okay, I’d hope there’s no kicking and screaming going on, it’d look a little silly to have a full grown adult on the floor pitching a fit… ha!)

“Trust in the¬†Lord¬†with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
¬†¬†¬†¬†and he will make your paths¬†straight.”

~Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

“Take delight¬†in the¬†Lord,
¬†¬†¬†¬†and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

~Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

“Be still¬†before the¬†Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
¬†¬†¬†¬†when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

~Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

2. We’re all a giant mess!

I’m constantly going behind my kiddos and either picking up toys that they’ve left out, wiping up spills, washing off their faces when they manage to get half of their lunch smeared all over it, etc. Jesus is constantly going behind us with His grace and cleaning up the messes we make in our lives. Cleansing our stained garments with His blood and making them white as snow. We may not get our lunch all over our faces, or leave a trail of toys behind us, but we are definitely messy!

3. Do we honestly spend enough quiet, one on one time with God?

Do you ever look back and wish that you could take back all of those naps you didn’t take, or fought hard to stay awake through in your preschool years?

ME TOO.

My preschoolers usually fight tooth and nail to take a nap. Are you doing the same when it comes to spending quality, quiet, one on one time with Jesus?

It’s not exactly the same as taking a nap, but it’s even more rewarding. How much quiet time do you spend with God on a regular basis? I know the moms out there love it when their small children will nap for even a short while so they can get things done in peace! Well, God wants us to take time out of our day, even ten minutes, to talk to Him. He wants to reveal things to you and begin working in your life and blessing you more than you can imagine! Just like moms can’t get much done with young kiddos up and running around the house like crazy monkeys, God can’t get much going in our lives unless we talk to Him, pray, read His Word, and be fully connected with Him and His voice.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them,¬†and they follow me”¬†Sheep

~John 10:27 (NIV)

“I wait quietly before God,
for my victory comes from him.
 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.”

~Psalm 62:1-2 (NLT)

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A Shepherd’s Guidance

Jesus, the Good Shepherd John 10:14¬† “And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†with knowledge and understanding.”
~Jeremiah 3:15

As I was moving right along through Jeremiah this morning, this verse stopped me. The first time it was only for a few seconds, I acknowledged the fact that it caught my eye, added a note, and continued on with my reading. It took me less than a chapter to go flipping back to it though. I read it again and again, and just couldn’t shake it. In addition to Jesus being our ultimate Shepherd to lead us through our journey while we’re here on earth, He’s telling us that He also gives us earthly shepherds (mentors) to help us to grow in our walk with Him and encourage us along the way. It gave me a chance to take a few minutes to reflect on those that have been, and continue to be, shepherds in my life. I’ve been blessed with so many incredible Godly people who are there to keep me going, help me grow and encourage me. I’m so thankful for each and every person that has been put into my life to guide me and help me to become all that I can be in my spiritual journey and my walk with God. I don’t know what I’d do without them. Just take a minute to think about everyone in YOUR life that has been a shepherd or mentor to you. Maybe say a little prayer for them, give them a call, hug them. Let them know how much you appreciate them and their encouragement! Even if they’re not with us anymore and they’ve gone onto Heaven, we know that they’re still watching over us and guiding us to this day.