Skip to main content

I Did It All by Myself!


Perfect and Forgiven: Discovering Your Freedom From Shame, Guilt ...

I Did It All by Myself!

by the one whom Jesus plays with

I’m sitting on my patio this beautiful quiet morning, reading from Zach Maldonado's book, Perfect and Forgiven. 

I was rereading some things as I am going to be participating in a zoom/Facebook Live event next week with him about his book.

I am reading from chapter 6, Delighted In, about when a toddler begins to walk for the first time how it’s like the Super Bowl for them. The parents cheer and praise him/her for this huge accomplishment. Then, when they begin to explore more, and fall, mom and dad are not angry at them for falling, but pick them up, kisses them, do a raspberry on their belly, stand them up, and cheer them on to keep walking again. 

Are you seeing this yet? This is really a picture of us with God. He is not angry if we fall.

I'm still reading and enjoying my coffee when I hear my toddler neighbor, Will, enter his back yard. He is awake. All I hear is this: “I did it all by myself.”

I paused and examined this phrase wondering how it relates to our relationship with God since we are His children.

Little Will was excited at whatever he did "all by himself" and I know his parents were too. The interesting thing I _didn't_ hear his parents say this: "No no Will, you must do all things through us."

So what is the lesson in this for us and our Dad in Heaven? Well, scripture is clear
we can never be separated from God. It is a no-brainer that we receive all things from God and we do all things in and through Him.  

But what if He wants his kids to initiate doing things on their own? What new thing is He wanting us to explore? What can we practice and get better at with no help from our “parents”? Our parents could represent our pastors, teachers, preachers, evangelists, authors, even our close friends.

What if God Himself is right here now nudging us to take these first steps, explore something new, and practice it until we are really good at it? Well, He is beloved. This is what He wants for us during this time - to be our true parent who is no longer spoon-feeding us, but wanting us to grow up into maturity in all things, yet keep that child-like excitement and teachability as a child.

So, let's become like an excited toddler out there exploring on our own knowing we are never truly alone?

Jesus called a little one to his side and said to them, “Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in.

Matthew 18:2-3

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

My First Blog Post

My First Blog Post Wow, that took some time to set up. But it looks like I am in and ready to write. I have been writing various formats for years, but not sharing them with really anybody but a few friends. So the purpose really of setting up a blog is two-fold: I am participating in the Dan McGuire Blog Challenge through the Writers of Kern group. I'm taking the challenge to kickstart getting my writing out there. Second, I hope my writings can bring encouragement, enlightenment, teach, and promote love in the lives of anybody who reads my writings. So, what are my X Files, Writings, and Stories? X Files These are files I have collected mostly about myself. Words spoken to me by the Spirit of God, and People. These can be in the form of other writings, voices, dreams, visions, and prophecy. These are personal to me, but I may share some from time to time. Writings - These are my processes from which I will attempt to put into the words you will read that i

I Mean Every Word I Say

by Dewey Compton I'm stepping into the shower and this thought enters my mind: One of the activities in Heaven will be seeing all the people who touched our life through Jesus on Earth and those we touched through Jesus and the impact across the globe and universe. It's going to blow our minds. That's probably why we are getting new bodies and minds. Just a quick thought. I'm showering and Alexia plays my music. Then a song comes on from a band many of you have probably never heard. Any Adam Again fans out there? I remember my first encounter with them. I was with Carl Melton and we went to Knott's Berry Farm Jubilee which was a huge night of concerts of Christian Bands. It had to have been December 31, 1989. We met Gene Eugene at their table. He was so down to earth and friendly. He gave Carl and me a free tee Shirt. It was a white Tee with a simple black Tree and Adam Again under it based on the song Treehouse. (That wasn't the song that came on though althoug

Mostly Dead is Slightly Alive

The Art of Dying by Dewey Compton "The old You is dead already. Embrace the real you by ignoring the old you." So what's on my mind?   Death! Here is another one of my favorite movies - The Princess Bride. I was in the shower this morning and listening to music and for some reason, I started conversing in my mind with HS about the beauty and freedom of death. Death can be looked at in many different ways and most people look at the negative side.  I find this topic very fascinating and more discussion needed today. Let me explain.  I remember in science class that a seed must go into the ground, die and then a completely new thing rises out of the ground called a plant. This plant is entirely different from the seed. One had to die in order for the other to live. This is the same with us.  Old things in us must die in order for us to truly live. Now for many, it happened when they first became a believer in Jesus. We died to our old self, o