Saturday, October 8, 2011

Focus on Jesus Always

The Puzzle

A father wanted to read a magazine but was being bothered by his little daughter, Kelly. Finally, he tore a sheet out of his magazine on which was printed the map of the World.

Then tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to Kelly, and said, "Go into the other room and see if you can put this together." He was sure that would keep her busy all afternoon!

After only a few minutes, Kelly returned and handed him the map, correctly fitted together. The father was surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly.

"Oh," she said, on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged, then the World came together.....

What can we learn from this short story? First of childrens are smarter than we think, they would love to have our attention. We must not be frustrated to engage them in the wonderful work of teaching Jesus to them. Susanna Wesley said to her absent husband, “I am a woman, but I am also the mistress of a large family. And though the superior charge of the souls contained in it lies upon you, yet in your long absence I cannot but look upon every soul you leave under my charge as a talent committed to me under a trust. I am not a man nor a minister, yet as a mother and a mistress I felt I ought to do more than I had yet done. I resolved to begin with my own children; in which I observe, the following method: I take such a proportion of time as I can spare every night to discourse with each child apart. On Monday I talk with Molly, on Tuesday with Hetty, Wednesday with Nancy, Thursday with Jacky, Friday with Patty, Saturday with Charles.” As a result we all know how God used all her children, especially John and Charles Wesley to be a blessing to the whole world. For each day of the week she set a time to spend time with each child of her own. During these hours she would get to them know them as an individual and wanted to teach them about the Lord and make sure they were growing in their faith.

What ever we do to them in their young age will make them who they will be in the future. A superb tamil proverb says like this, "If you cannot bend at 5 years, then you cannot surely bend at 50 years." What does the Bible say about this, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Prov 22:6). We must train up our children by the way of being a living example to them.

The other point we can learn from this story is, when we try to derive our meaning in life based on our fleshly relationship of family, friends and acquaintances, our life will be torn in to pieces when they get frustrated and do not understand what we expect of them. But when we focus on to Jesus and bring Him as the central focus of our lives, all the world will come together with a rich meaning which our parents, kith and kin will not be able to provide individually to us. When they see how blessed our life is, they too will start to focus and trust on Jesus individually. Then we will become blessed to be a blessing.


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