Our dear, darling daughter on the other side of the world from us turned two today. We are so thankful for the gift of her life – for the parents who gave her life, for her foster parents and nannies who are loving on her today and sustaining her, and for the many people whose work is enabling her life and our lives to be joined together. We are so eager to be able to mark milestones with her before too long. Tonight we had to mark the big day without the guest of honor, but we are mindful that each day that passes brings us nearer to our time to meet and hold her, and to begin to let her know how special she is to us, and above all to God. We can’t wait to celebrate with her in the years to come!
This afternoon while I was hanging up laundry, I was surprised when our four year old came into the laundry room with an armful of DVDs. I was not surprised to see that she wanted to watch a movie, but what did catch me off guard was her line of questioning. She started going through them one at a time, asking, “Does Jay Jay glorify God?” “”Does Noah’s Ark glorify God?” “How about The Hugglers? Does this one glorify God?”
I was surprised by her vocabulary; I don’t think I have ever put that question to her. We have turned a movie or tv show off if we found that it didn’t merit a yes answer, and we have had these conversations with our older children, but apparently I have underestimated this child’s capacity for understanding and responding to theological matters.
As I was standing there hanging up shirt after shirt, and answering again and again the same tiny voiced question, “Does this one glorify God?”** I realized anew that it is exactly that question I need to be asking myself when I am faced with choices. Sometimes the choices are as simple and unrehearsed as where I will spend time, or how I will spend money. Often the choices are fleeting, but more complex in execution and ramifications – deciding about how I will respond to a person or a situation. But in each situation, I need to be as intentional as my four year old was, repeatedly asking that same little question: does this glorify God?
The Westminster Shorter Catechism opens like this:
Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Glory and joy. I like that answer.
**I was really curious what our little seminarian thought it meant to glorify God, since we have not discussed this directly. When she asked me about a favorite show, I turned it back to her.
Q: What do you think? Do you think this one glorifies God?
A: Oh, yes.
Q: What makes you think so?
A: When the dog is sad, the others come and keep it company. They love the one who is sad.
Did you see that finish? Two 3-pointers in the last 5 seconds – one from North Carolina to tie the game and one from Villanova for the win and the national championship. Guess that is why they call this tournament March Madness. With that final buzzer, our Freethrows for Family contest comes to a close as well. We are so blessed by each of you that participated in the game and for your generous contributions to our adoption fund. We are happy to report that the Gaskill family won the iPad with the #40 square.
Additionally, in the middle of the craziness of hosting a speech and debate tournament for 100 students last week, we received our log in date on Thursday, March 31, 2016. This is the date that our dossier was officially entered into the system for review by PRC.