I Spy

by | May 24, 2004 | God's Hands, Reflection

Someone Who Cares “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34,35

What a great way to spend some time. With an active four-year-old boy always wanting to “go, go, go”, it becomes necessary to find ways to harness and refocus his energy.

Never is this more obvious than when we are “waiting” somewhere. Whether it’s waiting for a table at a restaurant, waiting in a checkout line or waiting in traffic, it’s important to keep him busy without letting him bounce around all over the place like Tigger from Winnie The Pooh!

So, we started revisiting some of the games we used to play when WE were kids.

Games like “I Spy”.

In case you forgot how to play this simple game, or (gulp) you’ve never even heard of it, let me refresh your memory.

In the game “I Spy”, one person mentally finds an object within view and completes the sentence, “I Spy something that is _______” by sharing the COLOR of the object.

For example: You might spot a blue t-shirt and would announce, “I Spy something that is blue.”

Then, the other players take turns guessing what item you selected. The winner gets to take your place in choosing the next item and so on.

So, back the story. One day Jacob and I were seated in a couple of chairs at the front of a discount clothing store. We were “waiting” for Paula to finish paying for her stuff, and we decided to play “I Spy”.

When it was Jacob’s turn, he said something like this:

“I Spy something that is red.”

“That is over there.” (Pointing)

“That is on that door.”

“That has white around it.”

“That has the word ‘Exit’ on it.”

Hmmm, “Is it that ‘Exit’ sign?” I asked. “Yes, daddy, that’s it!” he said as if I had cracked some code with my brilliant deduction skills.

I told him, “Son, you shared and shared and shared until it was obvious what it was. I didn’t have to guess hard to figure it out.”

At that moment, something hit me. Isn’t that what God expects from you and me?

Oh, not to play some childhood games, but rather to share and share and share of our time, talents and resources until it’s obvious to all around that we care.

Doesn’t God want us to share so much that it doesn’t take much guessing to figure out where our hearts are?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful for those around us to be able to say of you and me, “I Spy … someone who cares”?

May we use our words and our deeds to share the love of our Savior. Let us pledge here and now to share and share and share some more in the Name of Jesus Christ.

What a great way to spend some time. Today.

Jimmy Brown jimmy@Living4Jesus.comhttp://www.living4jesus.com/


I Spy