I believe Piper has become famous for one of his quotes that goes something like “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” I have to admit, it is a short truthful statement (sts, ha!… sorry it’s a inside joke) that has lots of validity. However, at this point in my life I would probably say something more like.. “God is most glorified in us when we are completely obedient to Him.” Over the past 8 weeks in Virginia we were hammered with different challenges, methods, lessons, …etc. For me, the most powerful takeaway had to be a reminder of the importance of obedience. It was talked about often during our classes, but I would have to say it was lived out best by one of my newest friends, an 8 year old named Preston.
For the first time in my walk I was able to see on a regular basis what it meant to have a Child-like faith. Often times when Preston would be asked to do something by his parents, there would be no questions asked, simply obedience. During the evening, a group would often gather around and tell stories from the Bible, and Preston was always the first to retell the story. (Often he could retell the story by himself, whereas it would sometimes take 5 or 6 adults to retell the story) Preston is also one of the best friends anyone could ever ask for. Often times he would get picked on at school, but when others would pick on some of his friends, he stood up for them and voiced his loyalty. That in itself challenges me to take a bolder stand for Jesus when so many people disgrace His name. Finally, Preston is a compassionate prayer warrior. As we were saying our goodbyes in Virginia, Preston slipped up in my lap, asked me to bow my head and close my eyes so that he could pray for me. Wow! Never in my life have I ever had a child approach me and ask to pray for me. He didn’t do it because his friends were around, or to get anything in return. He genuinely desired to go to the Father and plead for our well being. Thank you Preston for acting out what it means to have a child-like faith, for being real about your relationship with your Lord, and for being a genuine friend!