Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Written by: Cheri Teeter
When my kids were young, it seemed so much easier to take time to share God’s love with them. We had morning prayer on the way to school or “tootie fruity Tuesday,” where we chose a fruit of the spirit to work on that week. Now that they are in their teens and older I know my boys are not playing tootie fruity Tuesday anymore, but I pray they are doing something on their own to spend time with Jesus and learn how much He loves them. My mom side still longs to be a part of that journey in their lives.
My husband and I jokingly have said that we need to text them to get a response, even when they are sitting in the same room with us. That got me thinking. Maybe I really do!
While on earth, Jesus met the people right where they were. Depending on where He was, He adapted to their language and their culture. His purpose and message did not change, but His delivery and presentation sometimes did. He did whatever it took to reach the people. He walked for miles, sailed seas, had dinner—whatever it took. I am sure if it had been possible back then, He would have texted too.
Texting my kids a verse or a morning prayer each day is one way I can communicate in their language just how much He loves them.
Usually I get a response like “thanks” or no response at all, but sometimes they’ll send a nice emoji. I send them all the same verse and prayer so, if the opportunity arises, we can all talk about it together. Texting works for them because I am speaking their language. The message hasn’t changed, but the delivery has for the purpose of effectiveness.
Thought of the day: I wonder what message Jesus would send if He were texting you today?
Prayer: Dear Lord, change is hard sometimes, but if there is a way You’d like for me to change so that I can better share Your love and Your words with others, then I will try. With Your help all things are possible. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.