May 16th E-votional

A couple of months ago, we decided Friday night would be family movie night.  We would get take out, have a “picnic” in the living room and watch a movie together.  We usually give Hannah the most input on what the movie is.  It was about three weeks in, when she said she wanted to watch “Star Wars”.  Since then, by her choice, we have watched a Star Wars movie every week, except one.  We have watched the original trilogy and have started on the prequels.   Hannah LOVES Star Wars.  She talks about her favorite characters, Yoda and “Butter Fett”.  She pretends she is using a light saber.  She always wants to read her “Little Golden Book” Star Wars books.

Of course, as someone who grew up on Star Wars and dreamed of being Han Solo, I am thrilled.  On one hand, it is easy to say that she inherited the love of Star Wars from me.  On the other hand, though, I was very careful not to force it on her, so in a way she came about it naturally.    While I didn’t force it on her, she has always known about my love of Star Wars.  I have read her books like “ABC-3P0”, “OB-123”, and “Goodnight Darth Vader.”  She has heard me talk about Star Wars more than once.  She has been around Star Wars paraphernalia all her life and her knowledge of my love of Star Wars made her want to check it out.

To me, that is how we should share the Gospel.  When you force something on somebody, it turns them off, at best.  At worst, the completely reject and rebel what they have been taught.   You cannot force anyone to want to follow Jesus Christ.  However, when we live our lives in a way that reflects our deep love of Jesus.  When we talk openly about our faith and we show that our faith is vitally important to us, people around us may want to find out more.   We don’t force our faith on them, but we lead them to Jesus and let the Holy Spirit do the rest!

Proverbs 22:6  “Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.”

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