Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Essentials of Discipleship as seen through a toddler

It seems to me that discipleship is something that we all love and fear at the same time. We, and by 'we' I mean me, love it when someone pours their life into us, invest in us, the ultimate one on one experience. But then when it comes to be our turn to invest into someone else, panic seems to set in. We think, "I don't know anything!" "I haven't been a christian long enough." "I am the last person to be discipling some one" Does this sound familiar? My two year old daughter taught me a lesson about discipleship. John Zimmer has always said regarding discipleship that if you have even been saved for 5 minutes there is someone who is younger then you in the faith that you should be discipling. I have heard it many times, I am in a ministry that teaches this concept and puts it to practice quite well. I don't know why I just didn't get it. I mean I got it, but didn't get it, if that makes any sense at all. God had used Hannah for me to GET it. I was watching Lily Hickok one afternoon last week. After Lydia had left Hannah imediatly ran and got her toddler Bible, plopped down next to Lily and started to read the Bible to her, pointing out the things that she knew like the animals, sun, moon, stars, and Noah of all things. She didn't know much, but she shared the things that she did know with someone who is younger than her. Such a simple principle that I make so much more complicated then what it is. "I don't know everything, but, let me share what I do know."


cwblogger said...

you are seeing your discipling of our daughter pay off! What a constant and sobering reminder of the importance of godliness! Thanks, Babe!

AndyB said...

You guys bring great to me and are a hopeful example.

bean said...

bring great? what does that mean? sorry, i'm great in a bucket? :)