Lost and found

A few days ago, I was driving home from a practice with two of my kids and we had a conversation I need to share. Part of me is proud of them, while the other side is….well, I’m still proud of them but with one eyebrow raised.

One of my boys asked me if I had a chance to look in the lost and found for a pair of soccer slides he left at the field. I had checked, however there were no slides in the lost and found.

He was noticeably disappointed since the slides were pretty new and he tends to get attached to his things quickly. His sister informed him that she had just gifted a nice pair of slides to a different brother.

She went on to advise him that if he offered that brother some candy, he could make a pretty easy trade.

After thinking for a bit, my son devised a plan. He said he would go to church with his brother on Sunday and offer him candy from the church candy jar if he would trade for the slides.

Then he retorted, “I’m not afraid to be like Jacob and Esau.”

I was proud of him for remembering the story of Esau selling his birthright for a bowl of soup, but not quite as proud of him for offering to do the same thing.

This story reminds me of how easy it is to delight in stuff….like clothes and soccer slides. This Sunday, Pastor Dave will share a sermon from Philippians 1:27 and Colossians 1:10 entitled, “Fueled by delight in Jesus.”

You can be sure my kids will be there for that sermon…:).