[Editor’s Note: This post was written in April.]
A couple of weeks ago I walked into my house after a hard day at work and was greeted by my daughter who excitedly announced to me, “Daddy, I prayed the prayer with mommy.” I looked at my wife who excitedly nodded her head. At this point I knew that something different had happened. It wasn’t unusual for my daughter to pray with my wife. This time they hadn’t just prayed, my daughter had actually prayed with Christy to receive Jesus!
I’ll leave the story of how she received Christ for her to tell someday. What caught me off guard though was the change that happened in her life. I had always thought that accepting Christ when you were small was something that had to be repeated time after time throughout your life in order to be real and supernatural. But right from my very first encounter with her after her salvation, she has been different. She’s full of more joy than she was before she accepted Christ. I’m not sure how that is even possible, because she’s just a toddler! But it’s really happened and others have commented on it as well. And she’s way more interested in things of the Kingdom than she used to be.
Yesterday, I got a call from my wife while I was at work. She had just finished spending twenty minutes worshipping and interceding with my daughter for all of her friends, an upcoming missions trip, and the people of Ethiopia. When I got home, we spent another twenty minutes doing the same thing as a family…and here’s the great part—she is pushing us! She’s the one who wants to do it!
Not content to raise a daughter who doesn’t see the Bible acted out before her eyes, we began talking to her about the concept of baptism. Youtube made the whole discussion a ton easier, because I think seeing kids being baptized took a lot of the fear and unknown out of the equation. After watching a few videos, my daughter has decided to follow Jesus in baptism, so she will be our house church’s first baptism this Sunday. We’ll celebrate with a little cake commemorating the day.
All of this is to say, Jesus is moving in my daughter’s life. I’m so excited. It’s been the chief goal of my life that I would lead my children in the Way of Christ and I’m starting to see it really manifest. And while we’re discipling her, she is also discipling us. Her zeal is pushing us not to be so old and unwilling in following Jesus and pursuing His presence. If you know us…pray for us. Pray that we would steward this new disciple well and learn from her. She will be a general in the Lord’s army one day.
[Sweetie, if you ever read this one day, know that this has been the happiest you have ever made me. You are your daddy’s pride and joy. I love you.]