This weekend D had a play date with a friend, which meant I had a play date with EG so that the boys could play together without little sis being up in their Legos.
After wearing out the trampoline and baking brownies, Momma needed a moment, so I offered her a little screen time. Cue euphoric elation.
Typically when screen time is over there is a monumental meltdown that occurs and negates any pleasure and entertainment value derived from the 30 minute episode of Doc McStuffins.
BUT after having a great discipleship appointment with a student, during which we talked about sexual purity and the Thomas Chalmer’s “Expulsive Powers of a New Affection” sermon, I had a new approach.
I’ve got to offer her something better.
But, in the mind of a 4-yr-old, what’s better than Doc McStuffin’s??
Well, it’s ME!
To her, (for hopefully until she is at least 10) I am better than a screen. I offered to play dress up, dolls or read to her and there were zero meltdowns. She lit up like a Christmas tree and we went about our merry, quality time way.
Whether it’s purity or parenthood, I think I/we have a lot to learn about the expulsive powers of new affections. What’s better than the thing that is distracting your heart, mind, soul and strength?
Here are some of Chalmer’s highlights to marinate your heart today, as you think about offering yourself and others someONE better!
A moralist will be unsuccessful in trying to displace his love of the world by reviewing the ills of the world. Misplaced affections need to be replaced by the far greater power of the affection of the gospel.
A new affection is more successful in replacing an old affection than simply trying to end it without supplanting it with something better.
Even the strongest resolve is not enough to dislodge an affection by leaving a void.
It is not enough to understand the worthlessness of the world; one must value the worth of the things of God.
The love of God and the love of the world are irreconcilable.
It is far easier to point out the faults of the world than it is to offer the gospel.
The gospel is foolishness to those who view it through mortal eyes and reason.
The truth of the gospel makes the demands of the gospel our heart’s desire.
The application of the gospel is surest means of suitability for the gospel.
The best way of casting out an impure affection is to admit a pure one; and by the love of what is good, to expel the love of what is evil. Thus it is, that the freer the Gospel, the more sanctifying is the Gospel; and the more it is received as a doctrine of grace, the more will it be felt as a doctrine according to godliness.
We know of no other way by which to keep the love of the world out of our heart, than to keep in our hearts the love of God.