Monday, November 24, 2008

Prayer for a servant's heart

God, please help my children develop servants' hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men. Ephesians 6:7

This is another of those lovely attributes that is better caught than taught. As in, they will naturally learn this more easily if I am demonstrating it. It takes so little effort ask the kids to wait on each other; and this is a good practice. Yet it only takes a little bit more effort to also show the kids how I can clean up daily messes without grumbling, because I know that it's as if I am doing the same thing for the Lord.

But what a challenge when I realize Boo Bear witnesses my frustration with yet another of Roosters yucky bathroom messes, and think about the fact that she is learning that there is a limit to how much work she should expect to do before becoming exasperated. Oops.

Not exactly modeling a servant's heart, there, am I? So today I pray that God will put this trait in their hearts, and I also pray that he will give it to me so I can pass it on through my example.

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