Doing Right

I have been ready through First Kings where the kingdom divides after the death of Solomon. One of the phrases that has embedded itself into my mind is “he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his father…” Two thoughts come quickly to mind that I want to share.
One is the constant struggle we all have with keeping God first in our lives. We supplant God with our own idols multiple times each day. Sometimes the idol is our checkbook, an item we just have to have, or the vacation we think we deserve but can’t really afford. Other times the idol is simply ourselves when we say “I need more ‘me’ time” and take it…on a Sunday morning…on the golf course, lake, fishing spot. After the highlights of each king’s story the author closes their narrative with this, “The rest of the events in (name)’s reign…are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel/Judah.” I wonder what it would say about each of us to have our deeds written somewhere?
Maybe that place is the tablet of our children’s heart? Our words and actions are actually inscribed upon the minds and hearts of our children. Each king was influenced by the previous reign generally of their father. Only a few deviated for the good from their father’s example. Most of them did what their dad did and sometimes even worse. Maybe the best way to influence your kids starts with a self-assessment of your idols. If you choose to do what is right in God’s sight and follow through on those choices then maybe your kids will also do what is right in God’s sight. Are you willing to put the experiment to a test?

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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