Union Ridge Church

July 30, 2020

by Reverend Dan on July 30, 2020

During this week of Vacation Bible School, we’re going back into the archives of “Today’s Thought”. Enjoy!


I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

                                                                                                            2 Corinthians 6:18


Ever had a child “help” you with a job?


Many years ago, when my recently licensed teacher of a daughter was about to turn three, I took her with me to the grocery store. (Actually, she was the one who decided she needed to go.)


When we got in the store that day, she decided she didn’t want to ride in the cart but said she wanted to “help” me push it.


I was in somewhat of a hurry, and knew I could get the things I needed and get out of there much quicker without her “help” than with it, but the three year old eyes of a little girl have a way of changing Daddy’s plans.  So I resisted the urge to say “let me do it, I’m in a hurry,” and she stood in front of my legs and grabbed the cart as I adjusted my stance, leaned over her, and walked with my legs spread wide to keep from bumping into her.


The shopping got done, albeit much slower than originally planned, because Hannah was helping me.


After I got home that night and thought about it, I realized something.  What I felt when allowing Hannah to “help” me shop is exactly what God must feel like when He allows me to “help” Him in ministry.  He could do the work all by Himself, but He chooses to allow me to assist in my slow and weak ways.


Why does He do that?  Because that’s the love of a father for His children.


"Father, We love you.  And we know you love us.  You prove it every day in so many ways.  Help us to realize the sheer joy of serving you, not because you need us, but because you love us.  In Jesus' name, AMEN."




Rev. Dan