All week long this mom had been explaining to her children how God sees them. She told them that when they receive Jesus as Savior that He then sees them clean and without sin. Actually, He sees them as saints. So she could call them saint son number one, saint son number two, and saint daughter if she wanted to. Knowing this is not an easy concept to understand, she talked about it at different times all week long.
Towards the end of the week, this family was going for a ride in the car when the father reiterated to the children that God has made them saints. At this proclamation one of the sons asked, “Can I be funny for a minute?” This prompted the parent’s curiosity so they answered, “Sure.” Then the boy proclaimed, “I don’t want to be a Saint, I want to be a Packer!”
I think this story is great for two reasons beyond the fact that I am an avid Packer fan. The first thing I love about this family is it is obvious the mom and dad are on the same page. How great to see parents working as a team to get the same message across to their children.
Secondly, I love that the son knew that there is a time to be funny and a time to refrain, so he checked to see if his humor would be appropriate. Because he asked, his joke went from being disrespectful to Dad when he was trying to make a serious point—to a wonderful laugh for the whole family.