Monday, March 2, 2009

Yesterday's Spiritual Message: The Things that Matter the Most

At a young age, what matters the most in a boy's or man's life could very well be something akin to the image at the right. However, as I've grown older, I've gained an appreciation for the "finer things" in life.

As Paul says in 1 Cor. 13: 11:
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Now, lest my friends and family scoff and glower, I don't intend to say that they should through away their video games or abandon some of the pleasing luxuries of our day.

I am most certainly saying, however, that there are two things (if I can call them that) in my life which matter the most to me: my wife and my daughter.

John says, in his third epistle:
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Now I'll be the first to admit he was probably talking metaphorically here; however, I feel like the scripture paints a vivid picture of my strongest desires and greatest treasure.

Next to my sweet wife, my daughter holds a place of prominence in my heart which is untouchable by anything else (yes, even video games).

Allow me to give you a glimpse into what I mean. The other night, my wife told me how our daughter was bouncing around inside of her and so I put my hand on her baby carriage (stomach) and felt Maria shifting and poking.

However, what was the most touching and poignant experience was one that I'll never forget. As we were engaged in this special moment, I placed my mouth near my wife's tummy and spoke in my soft voice to our daughter, "Daughter, if you can hear me, kick." She kicked. Next, I said something along the lines of, "If you now who your father is, kick." Repeat.

It may seem like a small and simple thing, but is, after all, by small and simple things that great things are brought to pass.

So in short, my family is, of course, what matters to me the most.


Fletch said...


The sad part is that may be the last time she does anything on request for you. At least you have the memories!

I'll have you know, I stay in touch with my inner-child through playing the Wii. If I stop, I'll have to go to therapy, which would be much more expensive. Plus, I'll never have to compete with video games for my kid's time since it will be time together!

Cougar Abogado said...

And you say I should work for Google?

Pam said...

I'm finally figuring out how to post a comment...I think anyway! But what great perspectives and sentiments! Thank you for sharing such heartfelt thoughts. You're the best, Daniel!

Fletch said...

I see, you are playing to the in-laws. Just wait till I use my blog for the same gain. They will be sending me money and steak by the end.

Cougar Abogado said...