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

Print
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

Gov. Brown Appoints New Public Utility Commissioners to Replace Florio and Sandoval

Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen both come from the governor’s office with strong environmental protection backgrounds. Martha …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:14 am @ https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/gov.-…

Kerry’s Blunt Words for Israel Denounced by Lawmakers in Both Parties

A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers, upset with President Obama’s decision last week to allow the passage of a United Nations resolution condemni…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:14 am @ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/28/us/politics/john…

Obama preparing to penalize Russia for hacking

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to penalize Russia over the hacking of Democratic officials during this year's presidential…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:16 am @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/1…

Mail truck tips on Mesa street

MESA, Ariz. - A mail truck ended up on its side in a crash Wednesday. Mesa police say a single-vehicle collision left the United States Postal…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:12 am @ http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/mail-truck…

Reports of mall disturbances light up social media

A flurry of reports of mall melees and disturbances rippled across social media Monday on a day Americans swarmed shopping hubs for post-holid…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 9:51 am @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/12/…

Graham, McCain want Russia sanctions after election hacking

Top Republican senators said Wednesday that the incoming Congress and President-elect Donald Trump should impose new and tougher sanctions on …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 9:13 am @ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/28/graham-…

Immigration Is the Only Hope for States That Helped Trump

The decline of manufacturing does not explain the decline of Wisconsin. Photographer: Daniel Acker/BloombergFacebook Twitter Email Print Share…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 7:17 am @ https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-12-28…

Creator of the Red Solo Cup dies at 84

FOX 32 NEWS - The creator of the Red Solo Cup died on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the age of 84. Robert Leo Hulseman lived in Northfield, …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 7:07 am @ http://www.fox4news.com/trending/225996868-story

12 Cars You Can Legally Import to the US in 2017

slide-4320347 There were plenty of great vehicles produced abroad that Americans (outside of Canada) haven't been able to import until they hi…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 7:06 am @ http://www.autoblog.com/photos/cars-you-can-legall…

Raw sewage bubbles out of ground, Mesa apartment residents fed up

MESA, AZ - People who live at one apartment complex in Mesa said they have a problem that stinks — raw sewage bubbling up out of the ground an…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 6:35 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-southeast-valley/…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…