Following Jesus

John 13:12-15

When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”

Thought for the Day:  Learn from Jesus’ example how to follow Him

My husband and I enjoyed listening to our oldest son as he read through and answered questions about his experience at WinShape Camp.  I was happy to hear him answer the questions such as “What was the most fun?” and “What surprised you the most about your day?” I knew from his answers of these two questions that he was having a good time and was experiencing excitement through the camp.  But more importantly than those questions, was how he talked about Jesus light and following Him.  He eloquently shared about the difference in darkness and light, and talked about following the Light of Jesus.  We talked about our life experiences and he listened to stories about us that he had not heard before.  He came back with examples of stories he had heard from our past where God was present.  Then he talked about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and why that was so important.  When asked when someone “washed our feet” or when we “washed someone else’s feet” we shared stories where we learned something about helping others and how others have helped us.   One of the stories I shared was the blog writing about when the boys showed empathy for the lady who had lost her dog.  My son said, “Mama, you need to share that story on the neighborhood page where you read that the little dog was lost.”  We talked more and I was simply amazed at how much my 12-year old son already understands about Jesus love for us and what we need to do to follow Him.

“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  As I reflect on my sweet son as he shared this scripture, I thought back about his early fear of the dark.  As he shared last night about the light of Jesus, his fear seemed less and he seemed to truly understand about how Jesus’ light shines for all of us.  “…so He got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”  I was amazed that my son seems to truly understand the importance of this scripture and put it into today’s experience.  My husband talked about the importance of talking to everyone we meet, not just the ones we know.  I shared that he was really good at speaking to all.  I mentioned learning from “Mr. Bob” on my first mission trip in the Appalachian Mountains, to “mosey” in as we met the person we were scheduled to help.  I learned that their life stories are what can change us from the inside out.  Nathaniel took it all in and seemed to understand even more.  God has blessed all of us with this week of WinShape Camp because we have talked as a family about following Jesus.

Prayer:  Father God, thank you for giving our children the opportunities to learn more about Your love and following You.  You sent Your son into the world to show us how to love and follow, thank you for bringing people into our lives who teach us more about Jesus and following Him.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Learning how to Follow Jesus


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