Honest Moments - Everyday Eternity

Psalm 102:18 - "This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD."

My children hear me say a lot.  

Don't touch that.
Take off your shoes.
Take your plate to the sink.
Don't run.
Hold my hand.
Say please.

A lot of my instructions and directions deal with the everyday.  What if the everyday dealt with eternity? What if I added to those things I said, giving my children a more eternal perspective?

In Psalm 102 we read how the psalmist tells the people to write down - TELL - what?

Psalm 102:16-17 - "For the LORD shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory. He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer."

TELL - What?

Future Promises
Present Promises

The psalm reminds us that God will return, and in that time His glory will be revealed.  All those things promised in Revelation 20-21 will come true!  I challenge you to read those chapters.  That hope of the future brings joy to my heart! Remember this - the psalmist says.

Also, remember that God is very present in the here-and-now.  God promises to listen and answer those that humble themselves before Him.  He will not ignore our pleas for His help.  He will rescue! Remember this - the psalms says.

So we TELL, but WHO do we tell?

Psalm 102:18b - "That a people yet to be created." - Those not born yet need to know of God's promises.  My grandchildren and great-grandchildren need to know of God's promises.  How will they know?

TELL them.

When my sons get older, I will tell them of how God provided during our adoption process.  I will tell them how daddy lost his job - our only way to pay for the adoption - the very same day of our first home study meeting.  I will tell them that God provided each step of the way. 

While they are little, we tell them how God is faithful.  I will tell them my prayers so that later I can tell them how God answered them.  I will tell them that I pray for them to know God.  So that when they finally accept Him as their Savior - they can see how my prayers were answered.

So we TELL, our CHILDREN - but WHY?

Psalm 102:18 - "May praise the LORD."  

I will tell them because God deserves the praise.  He is all glorious.  He is all powerful.  He is kind. He is just.  He is good.  He is worthy of our praise.  

But I must be honest! (We are sharing "Honest Moments.")  

I don't alway do this.  I actually miss so many opportunities I lose track. I get caught up in the here-and-now.  I focus on fixing dinner and folding clothes. My heart forgets to see the eternal perspective.  Am I teaching my children about eternity perspectives - or just earthly pleasures?

To answer, I look at my own heart.  I see that I need to rest more in Christ's grace.  Trust God with the present and future.  As my heart learns to trust and rest more, my heart can teach my children to trust and rest as well.

I could fold laundry, telling them to be thankful for God's gifts to our family - how He always provides.
I could read stories that show God's faithfulness in keeping His promises.
I could sing songs that tell them "God makes messy things beautiful."

All of these little moments of telling them reminds me (and them) to rest in God's eternity. 

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