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					What Does God Like?

Value:   Worship

Lee and Larry loved their sixth birthday party. Even though they were
twins, Mommy and Daddy always made sure they each had a special time.
And with their birthdays coming in December, Mommy and Daddy also always
made sure their birthdays were special even though Christmas was right
around the corner. The party was so fun with a clown and cake and songs
and wonderful presents from their friends and grandparents and uncle and
aunts. It went by so fast but before they knew it, everyone had gone
home and it was time to clean up and get ready for bed.

Evening family devotions were one of the most important parts of Lee and
Larry‟s day. Daddy read part of the story of Jesus coming at Christmas
which is where he read every year during December so they would know the
real reason for Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Jesus. At the end
of it, Lee asked, “Daddy, did Jesus get a birthday party every year with
presents and a clown too?”

Everybody laughed trying to imagine what kind of birthday party Mary and
Joseph gave for Jesus when He was six. Larry wondered, “I bet he liked
the same kind of toys we like.”

“Well, what does God like?” Lee added. “I mean, we like cookies and
cartoons and toys, but what kind of things are fun for God?” It was a
question that for a minute Mommy and Daddy had to think about.

“I know!” Said Larry. “I bet he likes angels because he has them around
all the time. Maybe he and the angels play family games like we do
sometimes. Maybe they play Monopoly.” This made Mommy laugh really
hard.

“Or maybe he likes bowling.” Lee continued. “I heard someone say that
when you hear thunder, that means that God is bowling in heaven. I bet
he is really good at it.”

“I bet he is PERFECT at it!”   Laughed Larry.

“Well boys,” Mommy finally said after they had come up with lots of
silly ideas of what God did for fun, “What God really likes is when
people love each other and take care of each other like we do in our
family.” That made sense to Lee and Larry so Lee hugged Mommy and Larry
hugged daddy to just make God happy.

“You know what Pastor Johansson told us on Sunday is that God really
likes worship.” Daddy added.

“You mean like when we sing praise songs in Church?” Larry asked and
daddy nodded. “Well I can make up a worship song.” So Larry jumped to
his feet and began to make up a song to a very bad tune. “Jesus is so
cool. Its fun being with God. He is the funnest God anyone could have.”
Larry sang very badly so Lee had put his hands over his ears.
“Singing worship songs is good but that‟s not the only way to worship.”
Daddy said, maybe to make Larry stop singing. “There are lots of ways to
worship.”

„LIKE WHAT DADDY, TELL US, TELL US.” Both boys jumped up and down
wanting to know how to make God happy.

“Well like Mommy said, when we love each other and love the world that
Jesus died for, that‟s a kind of worship. When we think about God and
listen to the sermon or in Sunday School, that‟s a way of worshipping
because we are learning how great God is and He likes that. Or when we
sit around and tell each other what the greatest things about God are.
You know how much you like hearing people say how smart or cute you boys
are? Well God likes when we talk together about how great he is.” Daddy
answered.

“I know a game we can play that is like Daddy is talking about.” Mommy
said making both boys want to know the game a lot. “It‟s called „What is
the best thing about God. And each of us has to come up with one really
great thing we like about God. Who wants to go first?” Lee and Larry
jumped and shouted “ME ME!” waving their hands in the air like they do at
school. Finally, Mommy said, “Well Lee, since you are two minutes older
than Larry, you can go first.”

“Ok,” Lee said and then he stopped and thought. “The best thing about
God is ……… hmmmm……………..” He puzzled because he had so many things that
were great about God but he wanted to pick the best one so he would win
the game. “That he knows everything. That‟s really cool. That means he
can help me with my homework.” Larry concluded with a proud expression
on his face.

“My turn, my turn.” Larry said eagerly wiggling to get a chance to talk.
“I think the best thing about God is that he can beat up the devil
because the devil is scary and mean and ugly and bad and God can beat him
up so the devil can‟t hurt us like he did those demon filled people in
Jesus day.”

Mommy and Daddy hugged the twins because it was getting time to get to
bed. “Mommy thinks the best thing about God is he gave me these two
little rascals and they are the best thing in Mommy‟s world.” She said
cuddling and tickling both boys. That was the kind of thing mommies
always say.   The giggled and hugged Mommy and were almost ready to go to
their bunk beds when Lee said.

“Daddy you didn‟t say what the best thing about God is.   You have to play
too.”

“Well, I am surprised you all left the very extra best one for me.”
Daddy said with a teasing smile. “It‟s that he sent Jesus to die for us
and give us life forever and ever and that because of that we will be a
family in heaven for millions of years. That‟s pretty good isn‟t it?”

“Daddy wins!”   The twins declared.
“This is such a fun game and we had a perfect birthday Daddy.” Larry
added. “Can we play „What‟s the best thing about God‟ tomorrow too?” he
begged his Mommy.

“You can play it anytime you want.” Daddy answered. “Because talking
about how great God is makes him happy and its worship. Play it before
you go to sleep tonight and when you wake up in the morning and God will
be close to you all day long.

“WE WILL.” They both shouted and they ran to the bedroom bickering about
who gets to go first.

				
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