By Elisabeth Corcoran
My three-and-a-half-year-old son, Jack, surprised me the other day. We were walking downstairs, he behind me. He was in a good mood, talking about going on the computer, very happy. Then he muttered the following phrase (and pardon my French, as my grandmother would say, in advance), "Stinky poopy."
Now, I have no idea what he was referring to, and frankly, I didn't care. I turned around instantly and asked, "What did you say?" (As he knows very clearly the rule in our house, 'Corcorans' don't use words like that, we can use better words.) Here is where the surprise came, his response: instantaneously, he said, "Nothing". You know that 'nothing', shifty eyes so as not to make contact with mine, said very quickly, hands in the pockets. That is the kind of 'nothing' I would have expected from a 7 or 8 year old maybe, but from my baby?!
He lied to me. My son chose to lie to me. He had the choice to come clean, but didn't. My son willingly chose sin.
Okay, I may sound a bit harsh here. Is it really sin if it's just a little white lie and no one gets hurt? You better believe it is. It's sin when my 3-year-old does it, my precious son who can do no wrong (so I thought) and it's sin when I do it.
This just reminded me what I forget so very often. Just as Jack was a sinner since birth, sin engulfed my soul from infancy as well, just as it did for you. Scary, but true. Sad, but true. Unbelievable, but true - whether we believe it or not. Sin is our natural bent. Human beings are not innately good as most like to believe. We are depraved, with a capacity for good moments.
So do whatever you can to slow the downward spiral of your child's sin nature. And while you're at it, prayerfully and diligently work as hard as you can at reversing your own downward spiral.
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