25 02 2010

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”

Wednesday, Feb. 24th

Reward. I’m extra aware of the word “reward” right now, because we’re trying a new system of accomplishing certain daily tasks with Kajsa—a rewards chart. It’s pretty simple: when Kajsa cooperates with us in one of four tasks, (taking medicine, getting dressed, brushing hair, and brushing teeth), she gets to put a sticker on her new chart. She’s pretty excited about it all. It’s only Day 2, but so far, these daily tasks have become a bit easier.

God tells Abram in a vision that his reward would be great. From our perspective, we can see the truth in that. But from Abram’s perspective? Hardly.. the cards were stacked against him. Or so he thought. But I wonder how much God’s promise of a reward inspired Abram to trust, to no longer fear, to have faith in God—most of the time.

I don’t want to criticize Abraham, nor do I want to question the wisdom of God’s parenting techniques… but I do challenge myself to reflect on motivation. What is my motivation for placing my trust in God? What rewards do I seek? When I don’t trust, is it because a reward is not visible? Or because I momentarily lost sight of the difference Christ makes? or is it something else And if so, what is it?



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