"Mama! Mama! ---Kiss me!" She runs to me with lips puckered, eyes scrunched tightly closed.
I smile, curious, and give my sweet four year old a peck on the lips. I can tell there is something behind this...
She grins triumphantly. She turns this expression towards her ten year old Aunt who has just entered the room. "See!!" She exclaims, " girls CAN kiss girls!"
And there it is. I have just stepped into the deep end of the pool.
Aunt shakes her head adamantly, begins to open her mouth in rebuttal ...
"OKAY!" I quickly insert. Deep breath. Assess damage.
To Little One: "hey babe, can you go play in your room for a minute? I want to talk to your Aunt."
Still grinning "Okay!". She scampers past her Aunt with a very pleased "See? I told ya! "
Fortunately, after talking with both girls individually, it was perfectly clear that four year old Girl had no idea what ten year old Aunt was trying to educate her about.
After settling the issue to each girls satisfaction, they went off to play again without a care in the world.
As I watch them go, my heart sinks. I long for Home. Preserving innocence in this world will not be possible for long. And oh how our hearts need to be pure!
He taps on my heart, saying He is passionate about protecting my innocence too.
"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matt. 6:22-23)...
On that glowing screen flash images of all manner of un-godly sexual relationships promoted as normal, acceptable. Disrespect, addiction, greed, dishonesty, crass humor, and murder are all presented with drama and intrigue. And those are just the commercials.
No wonder we all see dimly. (1 Cor. 13:12)
Am I settling for "permissible" rather than "beneficial"? (1 Cor. 10:23) Why do I so passionately protect my daughter's minds, eyes, hearts... and yet am so lackadaisical about mine?
"How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word." (Ps. 119:9)
What does Your word say?
"whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. " (1 Cor. 10:31)
"Whatever is true, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." (Phil. 4:8)
Lord, help me to glorify You!