Jesus or Cheez-Its?
It was a simple three word sentence that had Jen and I bubbling with joy.
“I want Jesus!”
We were eating dinner at the time, finishing up, and all of a sudden our 2 year-old, Olivia, said it a couple times.
We looked at each other with pride. Confirmation! We are doing something right!
Our 2 year-old daughter is calling for her Savior.
In all sincerity, we were honored that, out of the blue, she would be calling for Jesus.
We replied, “Say it again, sweetie!” and “Who do you want?”
Then it hit us.
She wasn’t having a salvation experience but rather calling for the cheesy baked cracker that we all know and love.
You got that right. She was saying, “I want Cheez-Its!”
For the next five minutes, we were dying. We couldn’t stop chuckling. After all, who doesn’t like a Cheez-It?!
Olivia was unintentional in what she said. We took it one way, but she meant it a totally different way.
Sometimes I fool myself into thinking I am wholeheartedly giving God my best. I say one thing, but in my heart it means something else.
“Sure, of course I’ll commit to reading my Bible every day this month!” becomes a chore that falls to the wayside after two weeks.
“I’ll be praying for you!” becomes a one-time thought about a prayer that never actually happens.
“Count me in for helping you move this weekend!” becomes quid pro quo for ‘what can you now do for me?’
My intentions don’t often match up with the greater significance of serving the Kingdom and bringing God glory.
I want to remember that God deserves my best–my “first fruits”. He also wants my heart to match up with what my words are saying.