|Our daughter Jordan, son-in-law C.J., Rilyn and|
Part way through the afternoon, I decided I would start a project with Gavin when he got up from his nap. Wanting to make some memories, I decided I would bake some chocolate chip cookies and involve him in the process. This was a great idea but also a big challenge since baby sister Rilyn had a rough afternoon. It was as though she wanted to sleep but refused to allow herself the rest she needed.
When Gavin got up, we began working on the cookies. I sat little Rilyn in her bouncy seat in the kitchen close by so she could watch us. Gavin started off well with the project and was excited to make "his" cookies, but halfway through, he got bored and started driving his toy cars through flour that had spilled on the counter.
Once we got the cookies in the oven, little Rilyn had enough of her bouncy seat. She was hungry plain and simple. I tried to feed her the bottle and then, the timer went off. I was caught in a pinch. She needed a bottle and I needed to get the cookies out of the oven. I thought I could stop her bottle feeding long enough to retrieve the cookies but this led to a loud wailing on her part. At this point, Gavin said, "I can help you Grammie. I will give her the bottle." He hopped down from the kitchen chair and proceeded to hold the bottle for his baby sister who was ever so pleased to be reunited with her food source.
|Gavin my helper and his sister's keeper|
Most of us know the story of Cain and Abel the sons of Adam and Eve. Cain was a farmer and Abel was a shepherd. When it came time to bring a sacrifice to the Lord, Cain brought some grain and Abel his best lamb. God accepted Able's sacrifice because he had brought his best with a heart motive that was right before the Lord. Cain, on the other hand, did not bring a sacrifice that pleased the Lord either in substance or heart attitude, and God rejected it. The Lord warned him that sin was crouching at his door and he could stand against it. Instead, Cain allowed his heart to become angry and jealous towards his brother. With malice, Cain murdered his brother and buried his body.
According to the Bible, this is what happened next: "Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Where is your brother Abel?' 'I don't know,' he replied, 'Am I my brother's keeper?' The Lord said, 'What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground'" (Genesis 4:9-10). Here was the exact opposite of what I witnessed yesterday between three year old Gavin and his baby sister. God's intent for relationships is to demonstrate love and respect. We are to have hearts willing to help one another not doing things begrudgingly, but with joy to honor our Lord.
How many conflicts could be ended, what strife could be avoided and how many hurt feelings could be spared if only we would learn to be our brother's keeper? It does take some time and a little extra effort, but the reward is feeling the pleasure of God and knowing we have done the right thing. In Cain's case, he chose the selfish way and took the life of his brother destroying family unity and breaking fellowship with God. What did he gain? He gained a life as a marked man.