I’ve noticed lately that my daughter has seemed to adopt a foreign language that only she knows fully and my wife and I are deciphering a word at a time. Here are some of the cryptic messages we have encountered as of late.
- Piecer Choclat Pees – Translation: I’d like a piece of chocolate since I went pee-pee on the potty.
- Goggies Pees – Translation: Can I have my sunglasses please?
- Seeping B – Translation: Sleeping Beauty
- Fank You Daddy – Translation: Thank You Daddy
It’s amazing, the more we listen and are around her we begin to translate quicker. Also it is HUGE to have two of us there so we can use both of our decoder rings to figure out what the flip she is saying.
Even though she isn’t necessarily ready to start writing textbooks with her vocabulary, Cherie and I are so proud of her for trying and little by little she is getting the hang of this English thing. Granted, I’m sure some of the Taiwanese kids I met a few years ago were speaking 4 languages as a fetus, but we gotta start somewhere right?
As Christians sometimes reading the Bible and doing what God wants us to do is like trying to decipher a 2 year old’s vocabulary. However, in this case the concepts seem to be over our head instead of below them and we get overwhelmed and frustrated. Let’s call it for what it is. The Bible can be down right confusing at times can’t it?!
Well before you think I’m going to give you a hall pass to stop reading your Bible sit back down in your highchair and wait to be “excuse me table…peees” (Translation: Excuse me from the table please).
Just because you don’t understand everything in the Bible doesn’t mean you don’t understand ANY of it. I don’t think we need to over analyze things like:
- “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 (NIV) – Translation: Treat people the exact same way you’d want to be treated.
- “No coveting your neighbor’s wife. And no lusting for his house, field, servant, maid, ox, or donkey either—nothing that belongs to your neighbor!” – Deuteronomy 5:21 (MSG) – Translation: Stop wishing you had your neighbors stuff and quit being so creepy.
- “…Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Mark 12:33 (NIV) – Translation: Love all your neighbors and not just the ones you like.
Oh, and sometimes we get paralyzed in following Christ because we think that we aren’t good enough, smart enough, and dog gone it people don’t like me! I mean if we aren’t able to understand the Bible maybe I’m just dumb or something?
I love when Paul says in Romans 14:1-2 “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.”
He’s saying you don’t have to be a carnivore Christian right away, in fact being a Vegetarian is okay too! This is the only time where I believe that not eating meat is okay. However, if you are a vegetarian, all I ask is that you give me your portion of steak allotted to you.
The key…the key…the key…is to just keep eating. Start chewing on something.
Translation: Begin living, believing, and pursuing the things that you understand and keep chipping away at the other stuff. As you live what you know and pursue what you don’t, God will meet you in the middle and guide you every step of the way.
So go grab a fork and dig in gang!