Melissa and I have two wonderful children, Tori and Chaz. One Saturday afternoon, when Chaz was around eight years old, we were wrestling on the bed. I picked him up high over my head and body slammed in the center of the bed. The second he landed I jerked him back up and threw him down again. Chaz would hold his breath on the way down then burst out laughing when he hit the mattress. Over and over I picked him up and threw him down. Eventually he was tired from laughing and I was beat from lifting. We both fell back on the bed next to each other, totally exhausted. After I caught my breath I said, â€œChaz, if God told me that I could have one boy, and only one boyâ€¦ You know what I would do?â€ He looked over at me, grinning he asked, â€œWhat?â€ I said, â€œI would round up all the boys from all over the entire world. Then I would look over each and every one of them carefully. And after I met them all, I would say to God, â€˜Lord, please give me this one.â€™â€ And I put my finger right in the center of Chazâ€™s chest.
What he said after that surprised me. He turned his head away and said, â€œDANG IT!â€
Then he sat up in the bed, put his head in his hands, and he said, â€œDad, thatâ€™s going to make me cry.â€ And he started balling â€“ Iâ€™m talking big-time-monster-tears crying. I was totally blown away by his reaction. But before I could say anything, he turned around, put his nose right against mine, grabbed both my ears, and eyeball to eyeball, he said, â€œI love you Dad.â€
Later that night I couldnâ€™t help but to think about how Chaz responded to my love. And all I could think about is how wildly our Heavenly Father loves us. Do you realize God is in love with you? God does not hate you. As a matter of fact, the Bible says, â€œWhile we were sinners far away from God, Jesus died for us.â€ The question that really concerns me is, "Why do so many people fail to respond to Godâ€™s love the way Chaz responded to mine?" Listen; no matter where you are right now, you have a Heavenly Father who loves you. Heâ€™s just waiting for you to reach up, pull close to His face, and love Him back. John 1:12 says, â€œBut as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of Godâ€¦â€
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