On our way home from school Monday Belle shared with me that she had gone for a walk with one of her friends. When I asked her where she walked to she replied, "Just in the grass". I told her that she knows she is never to go off the porch or past the playground. She wondered why. So, I told her that someone could take her and she would never see us again. "Why would someone do that?" Well, because they don't know Jesus. "What would they do to me?" Bad things that would make you very sad. "They would never let me see you again?" Nope. "What would make someone do that Momma?" I don't know baby. "Mean People." We rode along for a little while and a light seemed to dawn inside her precious little head. "Momma, I know why someone would do that. It's sin! It's always about the sin!" Billie, pick up your jaw before it pops out of socket. She is so right...It's always about the sin!
So that night she approaches me and her Daddy. "Ok...so here's the rules." First of all, I about doubled over in pain from laughing because she was so serious. But she shared them with us very matter-of-factly then walked out of the room with a thumbs-up and a smile on her face. Over the next couple of days, thru sharing these rules with other friends, she has them modified and down pat. Ok, so here's the new rules:
- Love God!
- Obey your parents (amen sister!)
- Don't sin
- Love and be nice to your little brother
- Keep your hands to yourself
- Pick up your toys
- Be nice
That just about covers everything in life, doesn't it? I mean if we #1 love God, agapao Him, everything else falls into place...obedience, love for one another, servanthood, etc. What other rules are needed? I take #4...love and be nice to your little brother and turn it into love and be nice to your brothers and sisters...both blood and in Christ. They all boil down to being an example too. Seven simple rules that if everyone would follow, this world would be a much better place.
"I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them. " --Mark 10:15-16