My youngest son has had his eye on this gun for awhile. It’s the Rival XV – 700 and it actually does all that is advertised. My wife and I are not gun owners, but we were okay with our son saving up his money to make this purchase because it’s a Nerf Gun. He bought the latest technology from Nerf that shoots these high velocity rubber balls very accurately. Personally I think Nerf is slowly evolving into a company that’s just going to make real guns someday because this thing is a step in that direction. In fact my sons were showing me online videos that show you, step by step, how to open the toy up and then bump up the velocity of the gun even more. It brings back that classic line from the classic Christmas move, The Christmas Story, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
I know that my title for this post is really click-bait because you saw it and you wondered why my child would be buying a gun. I apologize for the click-bait title, but honestly would you have even started reading this post if my title was “Gratitude?” I’m guessing, probably not. The truth is, after my son bought his new high-powered Nerf gun, we brought it home and started having a lot of fun shooting at targets throughout the house. It was so fun to hang out with my sons just being ridiculous together.
It brought to mind an email that was sent out by a friend of mine, Rebekah Jones, who leads our prayer ministry at my church. She asked all of us who serve on the prayer ministry to read through Psalm 136 as it continually repeats the phrase, “His love endures forever.” Rebekah’s reminder to consider this Psalm has fixed my gaze on gratitude. I am so grateful for my salvation, my wife, my children, my friends, my church family, the call God has placed on my life, the future that Jesus has secured for me, and the list can go on. But this last weekend, as I took aim with my son’s new Nerf Rival X- 700, and smelled the soup Aleta had simmering on the stovetop, and watched the Warriors play like champions, and watched Stranger Things on Netflix with my sons, and looked at videos of my daughter’s first art exhibit in LA, and worshipped with my church family – I was just so deeply grateful for the goodness of God that is completely undeserved. If you haven’t tried it, no matter what you’re going through, read through Psalm 136 and see what happens inside of your heart.