We’re called to love God first, even before our children - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Home

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

We’re called to love God first, even before our children

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Diane Meehl

Related Stories

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 3:00 pm

We play this game at our house: I love you more than... From me to my kids: "I love you more than chocolate and peanut butter." "I love you more than vacations and books and - email!" They tell me they love me more than SpongeBob (whew!), more than a day off from school, more than Xbox.

But then my littlest piped up with a question that stopped me in my tracks.

"Mommy, do you love us more than God?"

I froze. Couldn't these kids toss me a softball question? Something along the lines of, "How does God make babies?" or, "If God made everything, then who made Him?"

I took a deep breath; certain my quavering voice would betray me.

Yes, my beautiful babies... I love God more; at least I think I'm supposed to. Gulp. It was hard to say. It's hard to write.

Three pairs of eyes, slanted, angry. WHAT? How could you love God more than us (and a sarcastic, "wow, mom" from the oldest)? Ouch; but I couldn't blame them. I've been telling them since they were babies that I love them more than anything or anyone. I mean, chocolate and peanut butter! That's got to be one of the world's greatest pleasures.

I gathered my sullen brood to explain the answer they clearly had not expected. And though I won't say I'm any good at it, I believe I'm called to love God first. Even before my husband and children, my most important human relationships. Thing is, if I place Him first in my life, I love them more fully.

You see, loving God first means I practice humility, even when I'm certain I'm right and my hubby's wrong. Loving God first means I make choices with my time so I'm invested and present in my kids' lives. Loving God first means I steward my money wisely so I refrain from overindulging them at the expense of also helping the needy. Loving God first means I discipline their transgressions and shape their hearts to think of others first.

Matthew 22:37 tells us Jesus said, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind." I've said before love is an action. I don't claim to get all of this right. It's an effort for me to prioritize His place in my heart. But I believe we're asked to do this so the rest of our choices align with His plan. For me it means I have to praise and love the Creator - even before the creations.

So, yes, my precious, noisy brood, I am called to love God first. And I try. But it's only because I love you so very, very much. More than chocolate and peanut butter!

Diane Meehl lives with her husband and their three children in Ahwatukee Foothills. They worship at Mountain View Lutheran Church. File complaints or make suggestions at diane@shiftkeycontent.com or find her on Facebook.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Owners of Boulders Resort purchase Marriott Tempe at the Buttes

The Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes has been sold. Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corporation, which also has holdings in the Boulders Re…

Published: October 24, 2016 - 2:39 pm @ http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2016/10/24…

Candy Bar Milk Stout Debut, OHYA Sushi Opening, And More This Week in Metro Phoenix

Teresa Traverse A A McFate Brewing Company Releases Candy Bar Milk StoutToday Fall is here, and if you're craving a fall beer that isn't of th…

Published: October 24, 2016 - 2:40 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/candy-b…

Suns forward P.J. Tucker appears tonight at Scottsdale charity event

In advance of the Coca-Cola & Fry’s Food Stores Home Opener, Suns forward P.J. Tucker will support local nonprofit Make-A-Wish Arizona dur…

Published: October 24, 2016 - 2:30 pm @ http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/sports/suns-f…

GOP’s Hispanic Outreach Could Blunt Trump Effect in Senate Races

If Donald Trump loses in November, one main factor will be the way he alienated Hispanic voters. But many of those same Hispanic voters could …

Published: October 24, 2016 - 2:31 pm @ http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-10…

20 Arizona Artists to Show Work During Art Basel in Miami Beach This December

Lynn Trimble A A Twenty artists with ties to Arizona will show works at Miami-area art fairs when Art Basel in Miami Beach takes place in Dece…

Published: October 24, 2016 - 2:31 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/20-arizona-art…

Jordin Sparks to Sing National Anthem at Suns Home Opener

Phoenix native and award-winning recording artist Jordin Sparks will perform the national anthem at the Coca-Cola & Fry’s Food Stores Suns…

Published: October 24, 2016 - 2:00 pm @ http://www.nba.com/suns/press-release/jordin-spark…

Phoenix offers mini-grants for neighborhood improvement

By Anthony Marroquin | Cronkite News PHOENIX – When Becky Vining moved into her home near Grand and 15th avenues, she wasn’t looking for upsca…

Published: October 24, 2016 - 1:58 pm @ https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2016/10/24/phoenix-…

Will the Democrats take the Senate?

At the moment, this is a nail biter. There is a theory that a strong showing by one party at the top of the ticket brings along those lower do…

Published: October 24, 2016 - 1:28 pm @ http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2016/10/24/will-…

Phoenix’s KJZZ to launch mobile production unit that doubles as food truck

Public radio station KJZZ in Phoenix wanted to start a project related to food but hadn’t landed on quite the right concept. Station leaders c…

Published: October 24, 2016 - 1:30 pm @ http://current.org/2016/10/phoenixs-kjzz-to-launch…

Southern Diet Danger

advertisement Find more information on Dr. Weil and integrative medicine. DrWeil.com The premiere resource for in-depth, timely, trustworthy i…

Published: October 24, 2016 - 12:39 pm @ http://www.drweilblog.com/home/2016/10/24/southern…


ahwatukee.com on Facebook


ahwatukee.com on Twitter


Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds


Most Popular

Online poll