The doting grandmother handed the boy a sweet and watched him toddle off.
“It’s candy,” she told him, “you can eat it.”
Doubtful, the boy clutched the brightly colored piece in his hand, not daring to bring it to his mouth.
The grandmother looked up at the boy’s father and smiled. “He doesn’t know what it is,” she said.
His dad took the candy, gently took a small bite and handed it back to the boy.
Gladly, the boy took his own bite then and after that toddled off downing one after the other.
I was at a sporting event watching this scene and after it I began to mull over what a great analogy it was for our Christian walk.
So many times we shy away from things that seem different or strange, don’t we? But when someone we know and love “takes the first bite,” we’re more apt to give it a try.
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"Who is God?" Someone who wants to you grow in him.
It was a warm, sunny day – typical weather for the South.
And, I was making my way through one of the poorest neighborhoods in my city.
I was headed to one of the ministry buildings nestled among the slum-like homes in the low-income housing complex.
As a Bible club volunteer, I used to help make the rounds in the neighborhood gathering up children who were willing to come.
The cinder block homes, all set in neat rows, were not hard to navigate, but somehow I’d gotten turned around that day. And I found myself going the wrong way down a one-way street.
The windows of my 1980s Chevy Citation were wide open, so I had no choice but to listen to the ridicule that followed. It seemed like everyone was out on the street and boy did they have an opinion about my mistake.
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In C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” books, there's a scene when
Aslan (the author’s Jesus figure)
says to the little girl Lucy, “every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
Many years ago when I first read that line, I was a fairly new Christian, and the meaning of it pierced my heart.
As I approach the 30th year of my Christian walk, I can honestly say that the truth of Lewis’ line is rock solid. I think, though, that the keyword in it is “grow.” Just as we expect our children to grow emotionally and physically, Christians are called to grow in God.
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Who is God? A loving Father who wants to see us grow in Him.
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