Top of the mornin’ to ya! Well lads and lassies–are you wearing your green? Yes, I am one of those crazy moms who loves to do up holidays in a big way; even if it is a simple, non-major one such as St. Patrick’s Day! Oh I love the zany, fun traditions we have—the kids awakening to find a trail of Lucky Charms leading from the refrigerator out the back door—a sure sign that a leprechaun or two snuck in during the night. The other piece of evidence? The milk has mysteriously turned green! Yes, there is enjoyment in this day, including traditional Irish Beef Stew for supper and an afternoon Irish Cream Latte, but there are also lessons we can learn in the midst of the fun and frolic.
Perhaps you joined us after reading my devotion that ran on Proverbs 31’s Encouragement for Today. If not, you can read it here. I wrote today about the legend of St. Patrick because I feel there is much we can glean from many of the non-major holidays we celebrate. While I am the sort of gal that is always game for a party and loves any reason to serve the out-of-the-ordinary or delicious ethnic food that is often associated with them, I like to dig deeper, especially for my children’s sake. Learning about St. Patrick and his desire to reach others with the good news of Christ is a gentle reminder to me and my offspring of the difference one person can make in the course of history. Perhaps they will never be famous and have a colorful holiday named in their honor, but they can influence those with whom their lives naturally intersect and help to point them to God.
This St. Patrick’s Day, we can change the way we think about this springtime holiday by asking ourselves a few questions. Do we have a desire to tell others about Christ and the awesome difference that He can make in their lives? Do we look for creative ways to bring the reality of Christ into our everyday conversations with those around us—especially those whom we know do not claim to have a relationship with Him? And, what are the aspects that attempts to hold us back from speaking naturally and freely about Jesus? How can we change this in order to be more effective communicators for Christ? And beyond what we say, what can we do that will speak louder than words? Remember, more is caught than is taught.
So today, when you wear your green, think of growth. The spread of the gospel as the kingdom grows by acquiring more precious, renewed souls; thankful men, women and children who will someday worship Jesus for all eternity. And just where will we worship Him? In a place even finer than what is said to be found at the end of the rainbow. Why, it will be more than just a pot! All of the streets will be paved with gold!!! (And in my humble opinion–I’m just sure that there–the double tall, Irish Cream Latte’s with extra whip cream and sprinkles will have all of the Weight Watchers Points removed!!)
P.S. For those of you who were in my organization workshops at Hearts at Home last weekend and have left comments or emailed me wanting to know more about the weekly, monthly and yearly routines I have listed in my Mom’s Brain in a Binder, I’ll work on getting a link in the Simple Tools to Download section that gives my examples. I’m so excited to see so many of you going home and putting what you learned into practice!! Keep it up and remember–baby steps. Just do the next thing! And if Jesus doesn’t come back while you’re doing it, cross it off your list and then do the next thing! Good luck!