Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Moe, Moe, Moe"!!!!!!!!

No, I’m not delirious and yes I know that the word moe, is not actually a word.  Let me explain; tonight I was sitting at my back patio reading “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan (good read, by the way) while watching my children playing.  They were on the trampoline and then graduated to our $20 Wal-Mart pool.

Mind you they weren’t in the pool, but rather Carter had found the joys in filling up a cup with water and then dumping it out on my bare feet, giggling all the way.  I wasn’t paying that much attention until I heard Carter yelling “moe, moe, moe, moe”; Which in year old language means more.  I looked up to find that the water had gotten low enough that he could no longer reach the water to fill up his cup, so he was shouting at his brother to fill his cup with water.

As Cade filled it up Carter would delightedly dump it out, all while yelling….. Yeah you guessed it, “moe”!  This experience combined with the book I was reading led me to the idea that every day God fills us up; with His goodness, His holiness, His compassion, His love, His peace, His joy, etc., and we tend to take it for granted, while it leaks out a hole in the bottom of our cup of life.  In some cases, it’s not a hole so much as a cavern, or even like Carter was doing, we dump it out all the while yelling to God, “moe, moe, moe, moe”!!!!!

My prayer tonight as I write this, is that I will recognize all of the things God fills me with, and be more aware of them so as not to dump them out while demanding more. May I be filled not only with more of His Spirit, Eph. 5:18, but also with a greater awareness of His Spirit.  I want to be filled not only with a joy that I can’t even put into words, 1 Peter 1:8, but also with a calm delight that overshadows my fears, worries, and the circumstances and stress of everyday life.  But most of all I want the love of Christ to fill me up so much that I am overflowing to everyone around me, and filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:16-19

Here it is in everyday terms; God, help me to stop wasting my opportunities to love my family because it’s inconvenient, or they are trying my patience, or interrupting my (selfish) time to do my things.  Help me to see people’s needs all around me, instead of being consumed with life, ministry duties, and other things that distract me from the two most important things in life – Loving God, and loving my neighbor as myself. 

Thank you God, for giving me this reminder tonight in the form of my little Carter, and help me to be full with you, in you, and of you.