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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Making the most of opportunities

Lois and I were talking last night about finding ways to talk to our boys about the Lord. Admittedly, with our oldest at 3 years old, there are limitations. Nevertheless, I've been blessed to have short discussions like I had with him last night. The context is our nightly time of prayer and a song. Last night, I sang to him one of his favorites, Rock of Ages. I got to the line, “Foul, I to the fountain fly; Wash me, Savior, or I die.”
Matthew: What's “the fountain fly?”

Me: Well, usually, “fly” is like a plane. But here, the songwriter meant to go really fast. And a fountain is something that sprays water. “Foul” means dirty. He is saying that he wants to “fly” to the fountain to be washed, that he wants to go quickly to become clean.

Matthew: But he has to take his shirt off first, right? [not quite getting it yet, but he's listening and understanding the metaphor!]

Me: No, he's talking not about a dirty body, but a dirty heart! When we are unkind to others, or not thoughtful or not careful, it's because we have a dirty heart. And we need Jesus, the Savior, to clean it. Otherwise, we'll die because of our sins, our dirty works. That's why he says, “Wash me, Savior or I die.”

Now, I'll be the first to admit that Matthew probably only caught a tiny glimpse of what I was saying. But he was listening, so he knows something about the gospel! Lord willing, we can make the most of these kinds of times to continue to explain the gospel to our kids.