During family devotions this week, my 9 year old daughter made the statement that is the title of this post.. We were talking about Luke 1:46 - 56 (which they wanted to start studying). We were wrapping up a conversation on verses 51 - 53:
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their HEARTS; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. (ESV) (Emphasis added)
We were comparing the words underlined above with those that are bolded. As the conversation was drawn out; at first both my kids wanted the underlined words to be true of them, but saw that it was far better that the bolded words reflected who they wanted to be.
We talked about character, as well as temporal vs. eternal realities. We also landed on the one word that would determine both, the one in all caps. It was while we were discussing the heart, and what was needed for the bolded words to be true (repentance and belief), that my daughter made her statement.
We ended our 10 minute (approximately) dinner conversation with the hope that Jesus died to give us exactly what we need: a new heart. A heart that beats for the things that are important to Him ... like the words that are bolded.
I love how honest my kids are in these times. I also love how God uses these times to draw the whole family closer to Him.