The culprit causing her unhappiness was entirely unworthy of such a response.
I knew this was the heart of the matter, but addressing it in a way she could understand was a different challenge altogether.
In her mind and the reality of her present moment, it was all about a toy.
While she sat in her bedroom to calm herself, I washed dishes and prayed for wisdom to show her the heart of the matter. Lecturing a seven-year-old that Jesus is more important than a toy seemed it would surely fall on very deaf ears.
Idolatry, According to an Eleven-Year-Old
"Well, I would begin by asking, 'What is something you love very much?' Let’s say she says Minecraft. (Something he loves very much). 'Well, sometimes we love something sooooo much that it gets in between us and Jesus, and we begin to love it more than Him. Grownups call it an idol, but really it’s a Robber. It steals our love for Jesus and makes us cry.'"
When asked what action he might take then, to discipline, or correct, he said, “Just watch over her and take care of her. Be patient until she understands. Love on her and she will understand faster.”
Wow. Thanks. I am feeling convicted now.
Don’t be so busy shepherding your child’s heart that you neglect your own. (Click to Tweet)