I gave my eldest son (nine years old) one of my old cameras. He loves to use it to take photos of his beloved plants. One night, my middle child (seven years old) was just about to lose his second tooth. This tooth had been loose for over a week, and I knew it was hanging by a thread – or better yet a root!
So I thought I would have a little fun with this tooth. I asked my seven-year-old, Levi, if he wanted me to take out this tooth like grandma used to take out mine. He said yes. So I told him that I would be tying one end of the floss around his tooth and the other end around the bathroom door handle. He was so excited!
My oldest son, Isaac, started recording the process. When I was done tying the floss, I took over filming and asked Isaac to help his brother shut the door. He argued that he wanted to record. I again asked him to help his brother. He argued again. The third time I patiently repeated my request, and after another round of arguments, he finally obeyed.
I then proceeded to record the funniest home video tooth extraction that I’ve ever seen. My boys peeled with laughter, along with the rest of the family. I put the video on Facebook, and it became an instant hit! Isaac and Levi just shined with boyish fun.
Later on that evening, I showed the video to Isaac and explained an important lesson to him.
“Do you see how much you shined in the video,” I said.
“Yes, Levi and Isaac had so much fun,” he agreed.
“Would you be in the video if I didn’t film for you and ask you to help Levi?” I asked.
He thought for a moment, knowing I was just about to go expose the moral of the story.
“No,” he finally answered.
“You resisted being obedient three times,” I began. “And you almost missed out on being a part of this fun experience with Levi. All I wanted to do was let you shine. That is why I wanted to hold the camera.”
“I’m sorry, Mom,” he said.
“It’s okay,” I answered, giving him a big hug. “I just want you to remember that God will ask you to do things that go against what you want to do. But you need to realize that God wants you to shine too. He will only ask you to do things that shine His glory in your life. You might not understand God’s will at first, but you can trust that He will accomplish great things in your life if you stay obedient to Him.”
“He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it’” (Luke 11.28 NIV).
Tooth Adventure Video Here!