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Keep It Between Us

We’ve had some interesting conversations around our house lately. But not one like this that has made us scratch our heads as parents. Bottom line – our little boy is growing up.


A few weeks ago, Davis (our third grader) informed us that he had slipped a note to a girl in his class where he informed her that he liked her. He also stated in the note to keep it between the two of them. As parents, we weren’t ready for that I guess. Sure, it’s cute to hear but, oh boy, it only gets worse (or better – depending on how you look at it) from here on out.


The following Monday, we asked him after we picked him up from school how this girl reacted to the note he gave her. Well, someone else heard them talking and the next thing you know, it became the topic of discussion on the playground. In Davis’ words, “It was a disaster.”


For the next thirty minutes, we had some great laughs as a family. All the while, there may have been a few broken hearts as Davis said one girl started crying at the news of him liking another girl.


“Keep it between the two of us” is a great reminder to me. God has given you and me a task and that is to love each other as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. He doesn’t want us to keep that great news to ourselves. Don’t just love and care for yourself.


How should that play out? By being bold. Scripture is filled with stories of people doing bold things to show love. And one doesn’t have to go far to see the story of Jesus. 2000 years ago, God sends his son Jesus to make a bold statement (the cross) that still impacts lives today. John 3:16 says “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”


I had the privilege to speak at our church about living out boldness a few months ago. Here are a few great reminders for all of us:

  • Embrace our faith in Christ.

Today, unfortunately, Satan has largely destroyed the spiritual effectiveness of the church without having to kill the individual believers in it. In fact, self-centered, complacent, worldly lives are more effective in keeping people from being attracted to the Christian faith than killing them.

  • Live out our faith journey.

You’ve heard it said before – “you may be the only Christ people ever see.”


Let’s be bold and not keep our faith to ourselves. Live it out and others will see the difference He has made in your life.


Feel free to view the entire sermon, visit http://sycamorecreek.org/media/watch-now?id=996020.

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