Makes My Eyes Water....
These were the words I heard from my son as he shared with me how on his walk home from school he shared Jesus with some friends. These friends asked questions and he answered as best as he could. He shared how they talked about heaven and about Jesus and how He loves us all, this was the point where I could see his eyes well up and he stopped and said 'talking about this is making my eyes water'.
At this point so were mine. My heart swelled not only with pride but also with a deep sense of knowing that this kid will be okay in life. See I have been hard on him about who he chooses as friends and making good choices, being sure that he wouldn't have bad influences in his life never really realizing that HE could be the influence, a good one. At age nine he has an incredible heart for those that don't know Jesus and I actually never thought (I will admit guilt here) that he would openly share his beliefs with those kids, yet here he was standing before me eyes watering telling me how he did in fact have the boldness to do just that.
He was visibly moved, his heart so tender, his desire so strong that these kids know the love of Jesus. He wants so badly for them to have a relationship with the Jesus he knows, he has invited them out to church.
I am in awe of my son and his guts to step out of his comfort zone and take the risk of appearing 'uncool' to share what he believes. I far to often fall into the trap of keeping to myself for fear of what others may think of me.
As I sat there listening to my son I was being taught a valuable lesson, God's love is to be shared with everyone and our hearts need to be sensitive to the voice of God when He is leading us to share His love with someone else, push aside the fear and step out of our comfort zone.
It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about this chat, I am so thankful that I am able to learn from people young and old. I pray that I am always open to these lessons and then have the boldness to live it out!!