Every parent has moments that are
etched in one's memory in such a way that it will never be
forgotten. One such moment occurred to me several months ago with
my four-year-old daughter. As I arrived home from work, I
received the usual excited greeting from my little girl. As I
opened the door, I could hear her in the other room scream,
"Daddy's home!" Next thing I knew, she rounded the corner and
gave me a big hug.
After we hugged each other, I went
and sat down in my recliner and to my surprise, my daughter ran
into the room, jumped in my lap, and hugged me again, tightly
around my neck. I said to her, "Well now, what's that all
about?" Her memorable response was, "Daddy, I love you so much I
just can't stop hugging you."
Friends, now that's the reward of
parenting. It's moments like these that make all the sacrifices
But now, her comment set me to
thinking. If only we could possess the same depth of love toward
our heavenly Father. Rather than seeking loopholes or looking for
excuses not to serve him, what if we loved Him so much we just
"couldn't stop serving Him?" What a difference that would make in
our lives, and how pleasing that would be to God.
Friends, take inventory. Why do
you serve God? Do you serve Him out of a sense of obligation, or
do you serve Him because you are so deeply in love with Him and
you can't do otherwise? Give it some thought.
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