DALTON DISCOVERS THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
"REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, TO KEEP IT HOLY"
Dalton was almost running on his way out the door at school. It was Friday and he had lots of plans for the weekend! He was going to
ride his bike, play baseball with his dad, and best of all… they were going to the zoo! Dalton and his family visited zoos where ever they went. The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina was
certainly one of the best! The polar bears were his favorite; he liked watching them swim through the water and play with their special
toys! There were so many animals – the lions and gorillas were fun to watch also, but another favorite
was…going through the “streamside” and having his dad tell him all about the fish and the snakes… oh and what about the elephants and
rhinos, you can almost touch them!
He sat down on the sidewalk as he eagerly watched each car stop; classmates would jump in and off they’d go…he knew his mom’s car would be pulling up soon.
Homer spotted Dalton and sat down next to him, “hey Dalton, are
you going to go to church on Sunday?” Dalton thought for a
moment then said…“yes, my dad said we were going to go.” Dalton remembered he and Homer had talked about church and Dalton
was surprised to find out that Homer went to the same church that
they sometimes went to.......
.....as Dalton knelt down…he started out… “God I’m really sorry but we can’t come to church tomorrow…we are going to the zoo…I told Homer I would be there….”
.....As Dalton’s dad stood there with his head bowed listening to
Dalton’s prayer he realized he had made a big mistake. Sunday,
the Lord’s Day, the Sabbath, was a day that should always be
celebrated by worshipping God. Thank you for the gentle reminder that spending time with you,
Lord, before going to the zoo is what we will do…Amen......
Are your priorities in the right order? Are you teaching your children by WHAT you are doing? Teaching them to worship God - even when other things seem more important - is the best way to show God we love Him. And to show our children what obedience is -and how awesome it can be!