II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

What's in it for me?

If you have children, I'm sure you've heard your child ask what they're going to get if they do some certain thing you've asked them to do. It's only natural...it's the kind of society we live in. We work = we get paid. They do chores = they get an allowance and so on. Well, this thought occured to me the other day when Brooklyn was wanting to know what kind of reward she would get if she cleaned her room like she was being told to do. I was exasperated with her and with the fact that she thought she deserved some kind of treat for doing what she was told to do. I have been over and over the whole "you get to live in this house and eat our food and have nice clothes so it won't hurt you to help out a little" routine and it wasn't phasing her. BUT...this particular day I told her that we will have our rewards in heaven. I explained to her that God see's when we are obedient and it pleases Him and that is what should matter to us more than what kind of little trinket or peice of candy we can get. Amazingly...it impacted her and she has been very satisfied to do what she's told just for the satisfaction of knowing that she will reap her rewards in heaven! Wow! Anyway, just thought I'd share that real quick. Now I'm off to go cook some supper........

2 comments:

Logziella said...

Hey...I LIKE that! That is awesome. I have that same problem. We give the kids a 'smiley face' on a dry erase board when they do something good and when they accululate then they can turn them in for a Reward. It works good but it got to the point where they wanted a smiley face for things like you mentioned...cleaning up their room...or obeying the first time and I didn't want to give a smiley face for that b/c it's expected of them. So...smiley faces are for 'above & beyond' and I will make a point of telling them about their rewards in Heaven also. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

hey sis,
Gods word, the truth, works. I used to tell Jaxon not to do things and when he'd ask why,I'd say,"because I said!" I'm sure we've all done it. God showed me that the reason that usually doesn't stick, is because Jaxon looks at the example that I set, and sometimes, whether intentional or not, I do the same things that I tell him not to. Therefore, I refer back to the word and use Christ as an example. For instance, If Jaxon lies, I tell him that the bible says that God is not a man that he should lie. So god doesn't lie and we shouldn't either. Little things like that seem to really make a difference.