Friday, August 21, 2009

Like A Single Cup of Water

One of the songs that I continually get stuck in my head is "Why It Matters" by Sara Groves. It's a great song, and I don't really mind it flowing through my head throughout the day.
One day as it was doing it's thing behind my temples, I was getting especially exasperated with my son for his snacking habits. I cannot count the number of times during the day when I hear, "I'm hungry," "When's ______? (the next meal)" and "Can I have a snack?" The first thing out of his mouth in the morning is, "Breakfast!" and the last thing I usually hear is, "Can I have another sip of water?"
This particular day I was losing it with him, and was about to say (scream really), "No more food!" When "Like a single cup of water" flowed right through my head. Uh oh. Major conviction. That led straight to the verses, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." Mt. 25:39 and "And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of coldwater...he shall by no means lose his reward.” Mt. 10:42
Sometimes these endless pretzels, apple slices, ice pops, and cups of water seem to have no meaning whatsoever, but Jesus gave them the highest meaning--a kingdom reward. Again I say, THIS is the great adventure. This job, this mission is one that is tied directly with the heart of our Savior! So continue on, good parents, in handing out those "single cups of water," and know that you will be rewarded as if you were handing each one to the Savior Himself.


  1. Good thoughts! My kids are ALL snackers like this and I get annoyed about it too. Thanks for giving me a different way to think about it!