Have you ever said something to someone that you wish you could take back? I did that recently. I hurt someone’s feelings. I realized that I had hurt their feelings. Then I texted the person to ask if I hurt their feelings and the person confirmed that I had indeed hurt her feelings. So, I apologized. But, after I apologized, I received no response. What does this mean? Am I forgiven? It kept me up all night. And, it is still bothering me today. So, do I apologize again? Hmmm…
Makes me so thankful that with God, I don’t have to apologize a second or third time. I can ask for forgiveness and it is given. Aren’t you glad that is how He works? So often in life, though, we go around beating ourselves up for things that are under the blood. Excuse the church jargon, but it is what it is. Jesus died on the cross to take our sins and so if we ask for forgiveness, then it is “under the blood”.
Still practicing. Still enjoying it. Except tonight I asked one of the coaches who we are friends with to give the little dude a ride to practice. Little dude was not too keen on the idea because last night when we were at the coach’s house, the coach would not let the little dude have a second cookie at 9:00p.m. (thank you, coach, I wouldn’t have either). None the less, the little dude did not want to be anywhere near the coach today.
I guess I need to teach him about holding grudges, huh? We’ll work on that. Along with catching the ball, throwing the ball, swinging the bat and running bases.
We’ll work on it very soon.
I Cannot Tell a Lie by Ruth Thompson is a faith-based children’s book written to convey a lesson about lying (duh) and the wonderful benefit of repentance. Jody is a seven-year old girl who inadvertently breaks her mother’s antique cookie jar while getting an afternoon snack. Out of fear, Jody chooses to not disclose this incident to her mother and when confronted with the issue, she plays dumb. Jody’s mother is a wise Christian mother who takes the opportunity to use God’s Word to bring conviction rather than accuse her daughter. Eventually the child comes clean and her mother leads her in a prayer of repentance. After repenting, Jody feels all of her guilt disappear and her joy return.
As a mother myself who has addressed the issues of repentance with my child, I really appreciate that Thompson did not simply have the child pray for forgiveness, but she also asked to be changed. So many times I have heard children say sorry or ask for forgiveness, but repentance is not just about forgiveness. Repentance is about change.
Overall, I feel that this is a very well written children’s book. Parents will appreciate it as a teaching tool while at the same time the children will enjoy the sweet illustrations.