I can relate to the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You know the one that was forgiven for so much that she loved Jesus publicly and without shame? (Luke 7:47) She knew how much she had been delivered from, and her gratitude gave her this intense kind of devotion.
I endured some accusations from the evil one last week because of my devotion to Christ. I have been discipling my daughter this fall. Because reading has not come easily to her, and because the Bible is at such a high reading level, I have started waking her up 30 minutes earlier each morning so we can read together before she gets ready for school. As I would go to wake her; however, I would feel hesitation as I heard, “You are a religious fanatic, and you are teaching your daughter to be unbalanced just like you!”
I ignored these accusations, just like I have been teaching my daughter to do (see “ignoring the accuser”), but it lessened the pleasure I might have otherwise felt from our daily ritual. On Friday the kids did not have school, so Natalie invited a friend to spend the night on Thursday. Friday morning she came traipsing into my room with a big smile, holding her Bible, ready to do a devotion with me. This time she invited her friend to join us without any embarrassment or inhibition. The last of the accusation seeped out of the room and was replaced with enjoyment.
Later that day, my son was helping me prepare some lessons for the Young Life club I am starting at my school. As we were browsing for video clips, scripture references, and other teaching materials, August shared something that truly amazed me.
August is a renaissance boy, but he has a vulnerability that he is aware of. He has the tendency to obsess about his special interests, and learning to put God first has improved his social skills and made him more pleasant to be around. August told me that he periodically fasts from the activity that he is currently studying just to ensure that God takes first place in his life! Devotion to God has brought balance into his life. I guess our fanaticism causes balance rather than imbalance!