Tom was a little nervous as he waited for his turn to read the essay he had written for the Grandparents' Day program. Grandpa smiled encouragingly as they listened while other classmates read their papers.
Katie was the first reader. "I like my grandma because she takes me shopping and buys me lots of stuff," Katie read. She went on to list several gifts her grandmother had gotten for her.
Robert was next. "I like my grandma because she bakes cakes and cookies for me. My grandpa gives me candy all the time. I like them both. The end."
"Grandpa never scolds me," Amanda read. "He takes me out to eat and I can have whatever I want. Grandma lets me stay up late when I sleep there. Grandma and Grandpa let me watch whatever I want on TV, too." Amanda sat down.
Finally, it was Tom's turn. "My grandpa is my friend," read Tom. "He always takes time to listen to me. He helps me when I need him. Grandpa scolds me when I'm bad because he wants me to be good. But he always loves me, no matter what." When Tom finished, his grandfather gave him a big smile.
"I'm very pleased with what you wrote," Grandpa told Tom after school.
Tom grinned. "I don't always like the scolding part," he admitted, "but I know you're right, so I'm glad you do it."
Grandpa smiled and put an arm around Tom's shoulder. "You know what? The things you like about me are some of the things I like about God," he said.
Tom was surprised. "Really?" he asked.
Grandpa nodded. "God always listens to me," he explained. "He doesn't give me everything I pray for, but He does what's best for me. He helps me say no to bad things. If I don't, He disciplines me, but He loves me anyway." Grandpa smiled. "Getting our own way isn't always what's best for us."
"No," agreed Tom. "If God had given me what Iwanted, we wouldn't have moved here. I wanted to stay in my old house, but now I'm glad we moved. Otherwise, I wouldn't get to see you so much."
"Nor I you." Grandpa hugged Tom. "I'm glad you love both God and me for the right reasons," he added.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you love people—and God—for the right reasons? You should love them for who they are, not for what they give you or because you can get them to do what you want. Perhaps you dislike people who correct you when you do wrong. God knows you sometimes need correction from them—and from Him. Be grateful for all who care about you and want you to learn good habits and manners. Thank God for them and accept discipline from Him and from others in authority.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 1:22 (KJV)
Love one another fervently with a pure heart.
*Verse displayed is NKJV