Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Be Careful Little Eyes
While singing along with Casting Crowns song "It's a Slow Fade," my four-year-old became quiet and still when the little girl began to sing. When she was finished, he announced that he "liked that song." Knowing he wasn't interested in the body of the song, I started singing the familiar Sunday School song. I went through all the verses..."be careful little eyes, ears, feet, and hands."
Finishing up the song with the chorus ringing in my ears, "There is a Father up above who is looking down in love". I heard my son say, "sing it again!" So, like any good mother, I started from the beginning of the song. By the second verse, I knew that God was wanting me to hear this song.
The adult verse from Casting Crowns states it is a slow fade.
My son then got quiet at the end of the second time through and announced that he had seen something he should not have... a teachable moment for both of us. As we talked through the matter, I also heard "it is a slow fade". How easy it is for us to lower our standards as the job of parenting goes through the years.
I have been accused of being legalistic and the bad mom who wouldn't allow a show, toy, activity or (fill in the blank) but along this journey of 26 years, I had allowed "a slow fade". My four-year-old was reminding me that he still had a very tender heart, and I had a responsibility to guard it.
If you haven't watched the video...I hope you will. How have you allowed "a slow fade" in your life? Please don't share it, just remember that God is a God of second chances, and thank Him for those small words of correction. "There is a Father up above and He is looking down in love!"
Blessings to you all...as I continue to live in grace, while training my two younger children.