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Onegai Shimasu

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 Pouty and D are taking karate classes. At the beginning of each class, they are to say, Onegai Shimasu, which means, Please teach us. 

Both of them are really enjoying their classes, excited about going, and are learning a lot, not just about the forms, punches, and kicks. They are learning about the discipline of listening to instructions, focusing their attention, and taking an important lesson each class period.

When I think of the respect they are being taught in class, the discipline they are gaining, and the knowledge they are gaining, I can’t help but compare it to my own relationship with Christ. They walk into the dojo, karate school, and ask the sensei to teach them. They focus, listen, and glean what Sensei is teaching them.

Do I do that? Do I get excited, I mean truly excited, about grabbing my Bible and whatever my study book of the moment is? Do I ask God to please teach me? Do I listen and focus on what God is teaching me each time? 

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to him.
James 1:5

I don’t get excited about Bible study the way I should. Some mornings, I do. Some mornings I do, I get up, fix my cup of coffee, and am so excited to dive into God’s word. Other mornings, not so much. Those are also the mornings that, if I do go ahead and read, I am not as focused on what God is trying to teach me.

Tomorrow, both D and Pouty will suit up first thing in the morning. Pouty will have class and will work hard to show the boys in her class how it’s done. She is the queen bee when it comes to listening, focusing, and learning. The boys in her class would rather giggle and play, I mean, they are after all 3 and 4 year old boys.

In some ways, I think that’s how I am at times. I am just a 3 or 4 year old kid who is playing around rather than spending truly devoted time in my Bible. 

D will be suited up and ready for his first belt test. He has worked hard since starting karate and will test for his half yellow belt tomorrow morning at 10am. I am very confident in his ability to reach that level because he also has focused, listened, and learned.

This is much more what I should be doing. Unlike karate, God doesn’t test us for each level of our relationship with Him, He simply says, “Here I am, come to me.” So, rather than playing around like the 3 and 4 year old boys, I should be striving for the next level, a closer relationship with Christ. 

Where are you in your relationship with Christ? Do you get excited and run right to your Bible when it is time for your quiet time with Him or do you find other things to do and keep bumping it further down on your list of priorities?

3 thoughts on “Onegai Shimasu

  1. Just this morning I asked God to show me something new when I did my Bible study…sure enough He did! I love how, even if I have read a passage many times, He shows me exactly what I need to know at the time that I need to know it! I also love how He uses everyday life to teach us His truths! God is so good!

    I really enjoyed reading your blog!

    1. Thank you so much, Kelli! I was giggling as I read your blog just now. I thought I was the only one who would pick up a piece of soap and think of something to do with God, and then write about it on my blog. Many times I do something totally mundane, think my human thoughts, and have to stop myself and give thanks for that mundane moment.

  2. God is so amazing. Amazing at what He uses to get our attention and teach us lessons! I always love reading what you have to share. Thanks you for sharing your heart!

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