Why is the sky blue? Do we have volcanoes in Kentucky? What happens if I fall out of the club house? Why do I have to go to school? What is a black hole? Why do people die? How does this work mom? Where does Gods’ house? Why are you doing that?
My son is ALWAYS asking questions. Anyone that is around us consistently knows that I am not exaggerating. From the time he wakes until I walk out of his room at night, he is either asking a question or debating a point. Most of the time he asks the typical questions asked by almost every child. But sometimes he can stop you in your tracks. How in the world does he know to ask such a thing? Where does he come up with this stuff?
This was one of those days. He and my husband were making a quick trip to the grocery. Like always, he was in the back seat drilling Trae with questions.
Son: Hey Dad, is this real life?
Trae: Well yeah, of course it is.
Son: No, I mean us. Are we real life?
Trae: Yes, buddy. What do you mean? I don’t understand.
Son: Like, are we real life or are we just God’s toys?
Wow, right? He recently turned 5 years old but was only 4 when this conversation took place. He has a huge imagination and often role plays with his toys. I can’t help but wonder if he compares his role with his toys and Gods’ role with us.
Maybe he’s not but I began to think about how my children view God. I began to consider my role in shaping their ideas about how God views them. What do I want my children to know about their Creator? When they step out of the safety of their home into this great big world, what do I want them to take with them? How does having an accurate picture of who God is shape what kind of adult they will become?
Heavy questions but ultimately necessary. A quote by C.S. Lewis states the importance perfectly. “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” So, while I am at times uncertain of the details, I am steadfast in the pursuit of His heart not only for myself but my children as well.
I view Christianity much like I do life itself. It is a journey with many destinations along the way. There are aspects of Christianity that I am certain of. Many which I am not. There are areas of my life in which I feel matured, solid and confident. Others where I am unstable, unsure and immature. I don’t believe any of us will ever have it all “figured out”. I think that is the point. To continually be in search, in pursuit of what is beyond us.
This brings me to the introduction of a new topic of discussion. Giving 101
Why Giving 101?
One thing I am certain of is that our faith calls us to give. While giving of our material resources is important, it goes far beyond that. I believe it is in the giving of our time, love, forgiveness, empathy, understanding and much more that we find the heart of our faith. Relationship. Relationship with our God and relationship with people.
Welcome to Giving 101.
I know that I have been giving a lot of introductions to new topics lately but I hope you can begin to get a feeling for what Messes & Memories is about. I hope that we can learn to live each day intentionally in our marriages, with our children, in our homes and with our dreams.
As I embark on this journey to learn what it means to truly give and as I pass this idea down to my children, I hope you will join me. Giving 101 will continue to evolve as we do. It is the beginning (hence 101) of a conversation. It is a discussion of faith, what it means to you and how it applies to your life every day.
Look for practical ideas to serve with your children, ways to incorporate your faith into the mundane routines of life and inspiring stories of people giving in big ways.
I cannot thank you enough for your support in this dream of mine. Join the discussion in the comments below.