Jan 8, 2006

(rewind)

I'm still quite busy writing this week and am not fully engaged to blog at my normal pace of 4007 posts a day. But here's a quick rewind regarding a cool moment from my day.

Joshua being himselfI had this Sunday off teaching, so I joined my family at our favorite local church community. On the way out of service my oldest son (at 4 1/2 years old) was tapping me on the back and asking, "Daddy, do you feel God touching you?"

Cool!

In order to fully appreciate this, you need to rewind back a bit further to a conversation he and I had a couple of weeks ago. We were talking about how God is invisible and the implications of believing in Someone you can't see.

"Where is God?" Joshua asked.

"God is everywhere," I tried to explain.

"But I can't see Him," he rather appropriately said.

I don't know where the inspiration came from - wait, yeah I do... but I reached behind his back and started tapping him in a playful way. He giggled and tried to find my finger, but I quickly used my other hand to tap him from the other side as he turned. "Did you feel that?" I asked.

"Yeah," he said, still laughing.

"Did you see it, though?"

"No, but I felt it!" he said, tracking with me.

"Sometimes in the Bible God touched people from the outside. After Jesus, though, He started touching us from the inside when we know when something is right or wrong to do. But here's what's cool - God uses other people to touch us from the outside."

"WOW!" he said.

"That's why it's important to love your neighbor... it helps them to feel God from the outside so that they can want to feel him on the inside."

"COOL! Um, hey, Daddy?"

"Yeah."

"I love you."

"I love you, too, buddy."


Wow... here's the part where we insert the NBC "The More You Know" logo and media.
"I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." (Luke 18:17)

8 comments:

TK said...

It's amazing to me how often I feel and see God through and in my boyz. (ages 4 and 7)

Thurman8er said...

Tony, that's beautiful. I've had a few similar moments with my 4 1/2 year old recently.

Yesterday I was talking about him during my sermon. He said, in a fairly loud voice, "Why is Daddy talking about me?"

Cracked me up.

Logan Bennett said...

Hey man, that is beautiful truely. I personally do not have any kids, but I see the way that you teach your kids in my Mentor and pastor. I love it, it is the way that my father taught me. Kids are such a great joy in our lives. I love it

Amy said...

so cool, Tony! thanks for sharing that! :)

Katie said...

gosh I just tracked with a 4 1/2 year old and got about as much as he did from it

Stephanie said...

WOW. First of all: your child just soaks it all in, doesn't he?

Second of all: what a way to teach him about God! I think we could all learn a little something from that lesson!

That brought tears to my eyes! Thanks for sharing that. Sounds like you have quite a sweet, sweet boy on your hands :)

Simone said...

You sound like a fantastic dad!

Aim Claim said...

Precious... may we all have the innocence of a child.

What a great story, thank you for sharing that.