Guest Blogger: Gena Lakeman – The Writing on the Wall…Or Make That The Mirror
Each week we have the pleasure of having King of Kings member Gena Lakeman write a blog to go with our weekend worship message. Interested in being a guest blogger as well? Contact Alyssa at email@example.com.
God convicted me a couple weeks ago on the topic of love. He was asking me to reflect on the depth, sincerity and selflessness of my love to those in my life. So, I decided to write what is probably the most well-known passage on love, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, on my bathroom mirror. I did this so every time I looked in the mirror, I was reminded of God’s commands to me regarding love. I broke it down into specific characteristics of love, and each day for two weeks I focused on one piece and tried (and failed, and tried and failed and kept trying) to show those character traits to those in my life, my family especially. Day 1 – Love is patient. I practiced patience. Day 2 – Love is kind. I practiced kindness and patience. Day 3 – Love does not envy. I practiced not being envious, and kindness and patience. So, by the end of the two weeks I was starting to develop a habit of true, heartfelt, selfless love toward my family. There they were, God’s words, a reminder to me every time I looked in the mirror.
However, God tells us to write his words on something more than the mirror. He tells us to write them on our hearts, on our minds, on our lips and on our foreheads.
Proverbs 7:3 tells us to bind them on our fingers and write them on the tablets of our hearts.
Deuteronomy 11:18 says to fix God’s words in our hearts and minds, to tie them as symbols on our hands and bind them on our foreheads.
Joshua 1:9 says to keep God’s word always on our lips and meditate on it day and night.
Deuteronomy 6:6 says his commands should be on our hearts.
Deuteronomy 6:8-9 teaches us to tie God’s words as symbols on our hands and bind them on our foreheads, to write them on the door frames of our houses.
Clearly, this is not something God thinks lightly of. But, not only does God command us to know his words, but he also commands us to teach them to our children. We have a responsibility to pass it on, to pay it forward.
Deuteronomy 6:1,7 says we are to teach his words and commands and “impress them” on our children. The dictionary defines impress as “to apply with pressure so as to imprint”. He wants us to put the mark of his truths on our children, so that throughout their lives they follow the commands God gave to bind his words on their hearts and minds. We are to talk about them always, when we sit at home and when we walk along the road, drive in the car, when we lie down and when we wake up. Impress them, imprint them, on our children.
God’s desire is that his voice to be the primary voice in our families. He wants parents to teach children, both by word and by deed. We are to speak God’s words, but also lead our children by example. God is passionate that we talk about his truths at every opportunity we have in order to ensure that our children are solidly centered in Christ, allowing them to take those truths with them into their independent futures.
Writing 1 Corinthians on my mirror was good for me. It was a good start to help me write that one passage on my heart. But, speaking of love, I am now convicted even more to show God’s love to those in my life. This time, however, instead of writing God’s words on my mirror, I am going to make sure I also write them on my heart, my mind, my lips, meditate on them and impress them on my family. Because when I impress God’s words on my family, when I talk about them when I lie down and when I get up, when I help to build in my family a deep knowledge of who God is and what he has done through Jesus Christ, I am finally showing the most amazing, most incredible, most unfathomable love.