It started during a week of summer camp
Fifteen years ago, I spent the week as a sponsor at a Christian camp. I vividly remember a session I attended with my youngest son in junior boot camp for elementary age children. The preacher spoke about obedience. He gave three points: Obey immediately, obey sweetly, and obey completely. I quoted him often during the next ten years.
Then it morphed
Once the grandchildren arrived, I had to rewrite the terms on their level. Now it’s “Obey quick like a bunny, sweetly like honey, and all the way like a race car.” They connect with it and it makes an impact.
Today I said to Li’l Sis, “Pick up Big Bro’s dinosaurs you dumped out.” A dark shadow crossed her face. “Are you going to obey sweetly like honey?” She thought about it. “Yes,” she said. “And quick like a bunny,” she told me, and she hopped to it. Then I got to compliment her for doing it all the way like a race car. She crossed the finish line. She was a happy camper. So was I!
Big Bro cheers when he wins the race and goes all the way to the finish. He will yell, “Victory!”
It applies to adults, too
Do I obey God the same way? He surely wants me to. I learn from my grandchildren. Their lives are great examples.