Lessons From Levi (Amazed)


I am amazed at what a two-year old can do. Being a father of one child (and previously never wanting to be a father) I am amazed at what children can pick up at such a young age. He can speak with somewhat clarity. He can chase. He can relate. He can answer. He can dispute. He can argue. He can sing. He can dance. He can imagine. He can fly a pencil through the air, drop a bomb (M&M) on a car to blow it up, make the “airplane” do back flips, and land it on a mountain (the armchair) where a small fleet of hot-wheels and tractors, Lighting McQueen, and bubbles greet the aerodynamic writing utensil. Only to be all gobbled up by an invisible dinosaur.

He is simply amazing.

Everyday brings a new thing that he shows us he knows how to do. He tells us when he’s too busy to get a bath. He tells us when we’re not coloring Curious George the right color. He tells us to “move back” when we’re in the way. He lets us know that we are not repeating what he said correctly. He tells us when we go the wrong way to someone’s house or place of business. He has his own words for certain objects and when we try to correct him, he tells us that we’re wrong.

He’s so smart.

As time passes by, I can only imagine how much smarter he’ll get. It won’t be long before he’s showing us how to work the computer or some new digital contraption. He’ll begin to teach us how history was wrong when we went through school and that there are 21 planets in two different local solar systems with three suns and 16 moons. He’ll grow and grow and as he plays sports (because his dad is an avid sports enthusiast) he’ll learn the appropriate form to throw a ball, run a base, swing a bat and wear his baseball pants to the knees and not all the way down to his shoes (cause that’s how you’re supposed to wear them).

When I think about God and him being our Father, I think He feels the same way about us. He knows what we are capable of doing and when we are able to do it, I think he stands in joy at our works. He mentioned that the folks in Babel could do anything if they were given a chance and were unified like they were when the were building the tower. (Genesis 11:6)

When we begin to grow in maturity in our walk with God, I believe it pleases God. I mean sure it amazes Him but he made us and he knows our capabilities. So for him to be shocked when we pull something off, I don’t think so much but bringing Him joy is truly a possibility. When we decide to do the right thing in the face of temptation, that pleases God. When we give unconditionally, it pleases God. When show others the same grace and mercy He has shown us, it pleases Him. When we desire something greatly but instead take the money we had saved up and give generously to someone in need, it pleases Him.

My child brings me (and his mom) much joy and we bring our Heavenly Father much joy!

*Levi is my 2-year-old and I'm learning life lessons watching him grow

*Levi is my 2-year-old and I’m learning life lessons watching him grow

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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