Saturday, September 23, 2023

grandma's chuckles - Out of the Mouths of Babes . . .

Don't you just love it when your sweet grandchildren say something profound?  Something which gets your attention and makes you wonder how they ever came up with what they said? Something which you, of course, had to share on facebook?!!! Something which makes you laugh each time it shows up in your "memories" and you think about it all over again?

This happened with my middle sweet, rascal grandson several years ago. On Wednesdays the boys tended to spend time after school with me until their poppa and I took them to the children's club at our church. On this particular day, before we left, he was watching Phineas and Ferb, Night of the Living Pharmacist - in this episode, Dr. Doofenshmirtz has an inator which, of course, malfunctions by making copies of Dr. Doofenshmirtz which then ends up turning pretty much everyone in the Tri-State Area into a "pharmacist" each time one of the copies touched a person. my grandson thought this was extremely funny and liked to run around pretending he was turned into a "pharmacist". At one point one of the "pharmacists" touched Dr. Doofenshmirtz, but since he was the "original", he didn't turn into a copy "pharmacist". 

As he watched this he said - "You can't become what you already are." I looked at him, surprised to hear him say this - he was only four - and then he just laughed. While he was commenting on how Dr. Doofenshmirtz couldn't become a copy of himself, there is something very "profound" about what he said. We can't become something we already are.

As my grandsons grow up, I want them to know this in relation to who they are in Christ. I want them to know they can trust God to do what He said He will do and they do not have to wear themselves out trying to earn what God has given them as a gift. 

On our way to church we talked about faith and living our faith - the difference between salvation through faith alone and a works-based "salvation". My oldest grandson was confused about the verse in James 2:14 where it talks about faith and deeds. We had an excellent conversation about how we are saved by faith alone, but our faith should show it is real by the way we live.

I'm so happy my grandsons are able to hear and understand what God's Word teaches, and want them to continue to do so throughout their lives. So, while my middle grandson's "profound" statement made me laugh, my oldest grandson's deep conversations about God's Word, faith and a life which shows its faith is real by what we do filled my heart with joy!

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