Confession of a mother
It was a busy day in our Costa Mesa, California, home. But then, with 6 children and one on the way, every day was a bit hectic. On this particular day, however, I was having trouble doing even routine chores -- all because of one little boy.
Len, who was four at the time, was on my heels no matter where I went. Whenever I stopped to do something and turned back around, I would trip over him. Several times, I patiently suggested fun activities to keep him occupied. “Wouldn't you like to play on the swing set?” I asked again.
But he simply smiled an innocent smile and said, “Oh, that's alright Mommy. I'd rather be in here with you.” Then he continued to bounce happily along behind me.
After stepping on his toes for the fifth time, I began to lose my patience and insisted that he go outside and play with the other children.
When I asked him why he was acting this way, he looked up at me with sweet green eyes and said, “Well, Mommy in Sunday class, my teacher told me to walk in Jesus' footsteps. But I can't see Him, so I'm walking in yours.”
I gathered Len in my arms and held him close. Tears of love and humility spilled over from the prayer that grew in my heart “a prayer of thanks for the simple, yet beautiful perspective of a four-year-old boy.
Matthew 5:16 Jesus says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”