There were several tables full of fabric marked down to $2 and while I sifted through, that particular verse being mulled over in my head. The store was quiet, only one other shopper besides myself.
I recently read the beautiful blog of a woman who, from what I gather, lived a Plain life for most of her life. She saw a commercial for a crime show and realized that there were heinous crimes that she didn't even know existed. She questioned her husband, wondering if one can ever regain their innocence.
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This clip I had read and the scripture coincided in my thoughts. I don't think corruption by the world in avoidable or that seclusion away from society is the right answer. Friends who were Mennonite just moved away from our cabin up north, their seven children having never even been into the nearest small town and our family being the oddities that stopped by every once in a while.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." How do we maintain a pure heart in a corrupt world? What is it that clouds our vision and view of God? I want my children to see God. I don't want them growing up skeptical and disillusioned.
I remember reading a story about a Mom who took her children to a big city for a special trip and gave her daughter $2 to spend. Much to this Christian mother's chagrin, the daughter skipped around joyfully, handing out the money to the homeless she saw on the city streets. It was a spiritual lesson for the mother on how skepticism had stopped her compassion.
We need to guard our hearts. Things like skepticism, fear, complacency, sarcasm - the confident languages of society- blind our spiritual eyes. Having a repentant heart helps me. I heard a preacher (a very humble one) say once that he repented at the end of every day, after running through his thoughts and actions. It convicted me because I was never a repentant person before God. Somehow I thought that once I repented for my sin and became a Christian, that was that. No more repentance necessary. Asking forgiveness of my children when I've wronged them hopefully makes it easier for the cycle of repentance and forgiveness to become natural for them. Humility will keep us pure in heart.
I'm interested in knowing, how do you maintain a pure heart in a corrupt world or attempt to teach your children to keep a pure heart? Please share.