Sunday, April 27, 2008

Learning from Teaching

Last week, we were reading a story in class about a friend who gives a gift to two of his other friends. After we read the story, we read Matthew 7:11 which says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” We discussed how our friends and parents give us gifts all the time, and if they know how to bless us, how much more we can trust God since he is the One who taught us how to even give.

The next day, I began to ask myself if I really believed what I had taught. Do I really believe that God gives me good gifts? It is easy to answer right away, “Yes, of course.” But I was struggling with why it is hard for me to trust Him for future things if I know He gives good gifts. A thought struck me. I can trust my parents and friends because they give me good gifts and often have my comfort in mind. They hate to see me hurting and in pain, so they will do anything they can to help me avoid that. My Father in Heaven loves me and gives me good gifts but He is not so much worried about my comfort. He has what is best in mind for me but they usually comes with some discomfort. How convicting! If I had my choice, I would often choose to stay where it is comfortable, but that would come at the expense of God’s good gifts. It is amazing how much I learn as I teach!

8 comments:

Lois said...

hmmm....this one hits close to home..... I love how God talks to you and through you.... XOXO

Brandi said...

Great lesson. . and analogy. So very true. Thanks for sharing, sweet friend!

Bran

Mom said...

Andrea,
Your insights into things are amazing! You are so wise and discerning! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH & hope you have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Wish we were there with you to celebrate, but we will see you soon!
All of our love,
Mom & Dad

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy, happy bithday ANDREA!!! c'ya in 31 days and then we will really celebrate. I love you and you are my hero, Dad

Jessica said...

Happy Birthday Boots! I love you and miss you so much! I'm praying for you!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't email from work. So I thought I'd stop by your blog to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY. It's so great to keep updated on all the awesome work you're doing in Uganda. I especially like all the pics of the super cute kids.

DJ

Brandi said...

Happy Birthday!!! Hope your day was wonderful and your kiddos hugged you a bunch!

Love ya,
Brandi

Anonymous said...

Dear Andrea,
I hope your BIRTHDAY was WONDERFUL!! National Teacher's Day was May 6th also...how appropriate.. to honor the MOST special teacher ever!! God bless you dear one, see you soon, Much love, Your aunt, Nancy.