Dinsdag 13 Januarie 2015

Die tweede gebod.



Ek is lanklaas so uit die veld geslaan soos toe ek ‘n paar jaar gelede vir ons oudste (en op daardie stadium enigste) ‘n paar boekies gekoop het.

Die boekie gaan oor die Tien Gebooie en verduidelik dit sodat selfs kleintjies dit beter kan verstaan, maar toe ons by die tweede gebod kom slaan my asem weg.

“Jy mag naas My geen ander gode hê nie.” Eksodus 20 vers 3

As kind is hierdie gebod altyd aan my verduidelik as ‘n beeld wat gemaak word wat mense dan aanbid. Ek het altyd gedink ek is redelik veilig wat hierdie gebod aan betref want daar is geen beelde in ons huis wat ons aanbid nie.

Maar hierdie boekie gaan aan om die woord aanbid te verduidelik * “Om iets te aanbid, beteken ons vul ons gedagtes en ons harte daarmee, en dit vat baie van ons tyd.”  Dat ons God bo alles en enige iets anders moet lief hê en dat niks vir ons so belangrik moet wees soos ons verhouding met Hom nie.

Die boekie is bedoel vir kinders, die voorbeelde wat hulle gebruik van dinge wat ons soms belangriker ag as ons verhouding met God is eenvoudig, speelgoed, maatjies, TV…

Skielik slaan dit die wind uit my seile. Hoeveel dinge stel ek self bo my verhouding met God? Ipad, Sosiale media, TV, werk, rekenaar spelletjies, huis skoonmaak.

Ek self slaan sommige oggende Godsdiens oor omdat daar ‘belangriker’ dinge is wat my aandag verg, of ek is net te moeg want ek het te laat gaan slaap omdat ek besig was met dinge wat ek belangriker ag as my stilte tyd.

Wat vul elke dag jou gedagtes? Waaraan spandeer jy elke dag die meeste van jou tyd?

‘n Vriendin op my Facebook bladsy het gister ‘n interesante vraag gevra na aanleiding van onlangse gebeure in die wêreld en ek sluit hierdie blog inskrywing hiermee af: As jy gearresteer word vir ‘n Christen wees, sal daar genoeg bewyse wees om jou skuldig te bevind?

 xxxM

*Gedeelte geneem uit die boek Die Tien Gebooie vir Kleingoed deur Allia Zobel Nolan

Donderdag 08 Januarie 2015

Dinge van 'n Ma

Hierdie woorde het my so paar dae terug diep getref en ek deel dit graag met almal.

xxx M


“I am sadly concerned that thousands of mothers are so over-burdened that the actual demands of life from day to day consume all their time and strength. But of two evils, choose the lesser: which would you call the lesser–an unpolished stove or an untaught boy? Dirty windows, or a child whose confidence you have failed to gain? Cobwebs in the corner, or a son over whose soul a crust has formed, so strong that you despair of melting it with your hot tears and fervent prayers?
I have seen a woman who was absolutely ignorant of her children’s habits of thought, who never felt that she could spare a half-hour to read or talk with them–I have seen this woman spend ten minutes in ironing a sheet, or forty minutes icing a cake for tea, because company was expected.
When the mother, a good orthodox Christian, shall appear before the Great White Throne to be judged for the “deeds done in the body,” and to give her report of the master’s treasures placed in her care, there will be questions and answers like these:

“Where are the boys and girls I gave thee?”

“Lord, I was busy keeping my house clean and in order, and my children wandered away.”

“Where wert thou while thy sons and thy daughters were learning lessons of dishonesty, malice and impurity?”

“Lord, I was polishing furniture and making beautiful rugs.”

“What hast thou to show for thy life’s work?”

“The tidiest house, Lord, and the best starching and ironing in all our neighborhood!”

Oh these children, these children! The restless eager boys and girls whom we love more than our lives! Shall we devote our time and strength to that which perishes while the rich garden of our child’s soul lies neglected, with foul weeds choking out all worthy and beautiful growths? Fleeting indeed, O mother, are the days of childhood, and speckless windows, snowy linen, the consciousness that everything about the house is faultlessly bright and clean will be poor comfort in that day wherein we shall discover that our poor boy’s feet have chosen the path that shall take him out of the way to all eternity.”

–Author Unknown