There have been many moments in my life when I just have to smile and be so thankful. Last week I walked out of my front door and saw my kids and some of the neighbor kids raking up everyone's leaves into little piles up and down our street. They were having fun, happily working together, and also having a competition to see who could get the most leaves in their garbage bags. It was the best.
A lot of our neighbor kids do not know the love of Jesus and my kids and I have had lots of times to talk through ideas and struggles of how to be His Light. I am constantly reminding myself of how much they are also part of the Kingdom and how much we, as parents, must give them opportunities to act it out. Not only do we need to release them, we must encourage them and praise them in these moments.
Thank you, Jesus for my kids, our neighbor kids, and how I had an opportunity to witness a little glimpse of your Kingdom again. Help Andy and I to be an encouragement to these little ones as they stumble through a life of living for You.
And Holy Spirit, give them strength and courage to keep raking little piles of leaves together.