Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. ~Psalm 51:10 KJV
The other day I was sitting on the couch with Essie and Josephine. I was pecking away on my keyboard working on a project for a client while they were watching “Ratatouille” on Disney Plus. I’ve never watched the entire movie because quite frankly, I wasn’t impressed with what little I did see of it years ago. But they like it and picking a movie to watch was their afternoon treat since it was too cold and wet to go outside.
I was writing the final pages for my client’s project therefore I wasn’t paying any attention to the movie. That is until Essie started giggling and said, “Oh, Nanna, watch. This part is funny.”
The scene involves two of the movie’s main characters sitting down to eat. Unless I watch the movie again I will never know what it was about that particular scene Essie finds so amusing, because I didn’t see or hear it because my heart was exploding with joy over what Essie said right after that.
As the two characters in the movie took their seats she said, “I wonder who’s going to pray.”
FYI: If you want to know what it looks like to have your priorities straight and to be walking with the LORD, you don’t have to look any farther than the picture of this six-year-old child of God.
FYI Part II: She didn’t come into this way of thinking on her own. Essie’s heart for the LORD is the result of her mommy and daddy investing heavily into her spiritual life. Praying with her. Praying for her. Reading God’s Word with her. Living out the commands of God’s Word because they know living by faith is a way of life. Serving God and others with their church family. Serving one another at home. Being the hands and feet of Jesus to the lost. Worshipping together as a family in their local church.
I’m sure you see where I’m going with this, so enough said. Now I’ll move on to what I hope you take away from Essie’s heartfelt comment. Two words: PURE HEART.
To Essie’s way of thinking, her question was as natural as the question of ‘paper or plastic’. She just assumes everyone prays before each meal because she just assumes everyone knows the privilege and responsibility we have to be thankful to God for his blessings.
I’m not naïve. I know there’s going to come a day when she learns that’s not the case. But I also know that because she does have a pure heart, she has the potential to change hearts and lives by simply being herself, which is the greatest and most powerful witness of all.
What about you? How pure is your heart? Do people perceive your faith as ‘just’ part of who you are? Do people see Jesus in you when you are being you?
Be salt and light,