“I Need My Stuff…”

cameraroll-1311714047.088795The other day I heard my middle child, Cody, say something that I hadn’t heard him say before. As he was sitting down on the couch, he said “Daddy, I need my stuff.” Somewhat bewildered I looked at my wife inquisitively as she proceeded to give him his blanket, two Barbie dolls (yes that kills me, but he does love these silly dolls), a stuffed bear, a stuffed dog, a small sword and a glass of apple juice. Not quite knowing what to think, I turned back to my iPad and let the moment pass me by.

I hadn’t really thought about this again, until last night when Cody and I had a horrible argument about his “stuff.” Amy was gone and it was just me and the boys at home. So, like any good Dad I decided to put on a movie. Just as Curious George 2 was getting started Cody began to grumble and complain that he didn’t have his “stuff.” Sensing where this was going, I began assembling what I could remember of the “stuff” that Amy had given him, but unfortunately I was too late and I quickly had a full fledged tantrum on my hands. Again, as any good Dad I followed my instincts and sent him up to his room…but then I started thinking about what was really going on in his heart and decided to give it one more try.

I made my way up the stairs, opened his door and in between sobs I asked him to come sit in my lap. When he finally calmed down I told him, “Cody, you know that Daddy loves you don’t you? Daddy loves you and that’s why Daddy is so worried that you love your stuff so much. I think that you love your stuff more than you love your Daddy, but I want you to love me more than you love your stuff.” Now, I’m not sure how much of that actually got through to him, but as I sit here tonight reflecting on this little incident I know that I’m feeling freshly convicted that I need to love my Heavenly Father far more than I love the “stuff” that He gives to me.

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October 19 2011 05:59 pm | Devotional

2 Responses to ““I Need My Stuff…””

  1. Tezra on 24 Oct 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Thank you for such a warm welcome in service yesterday. We greatly enjoyed our time and the service.

    I also wanted to let you know you have a great blog!

  2. Drew on 24 Oct 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Thanks Tezra, it was great meeting you guys as well!!!