Absalom is known as one of the “bad boys” of the Bible, but we can tap into his story to use his skills for good.
Absalom was one of King David’s sons. The story of Absalom and King David is long and complex, but in short, the two had become estranged. As time passed, Absalom wanted to have some one-on-one time with his father, and even though Absalom was allowed to move close to King David, he was never invited to spend time with his father. As a result, Absalom decided if he couldn’t have his father’s heart, he would go for something very close to his father’s heart – the heart of the Israelite people.
In 2 Samuel 15:1-6 we learn how Absalom “stole the heart of the people.”
After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty bodyguards to run ahead of him. He got up early every morning and went out to the gate of the city. When people brought a case to the king for judgment, Absalom would ask where in Israel they were from, and they would tell him their tribe. Then Absalom would say, “You’ve really got a strong case here! It’s too bad the king doesn’t have anyone to hear it. I wish I were the judge. Then everyone could bring their cases to me for judgment, and I would give them justice!”
When people tried to bow before him, Absalom wouldn’t let them. Instead, he took them by the hand and kissed them. Absalom did this with everyone who came to the king for judgment, and so he stole the hearts of all the people of Israel. (emphasis mine)
Absalom used 3 simple tools to steal the hearts of the people. He used:
- · Time
- · Listen and Encourage
- · Touch
And the result? He “stole the hearts of the people.”
Summer is a wonderful time to shake up the typical schedule and use time, listening/encouraging, and touch to capture and keep the heart of your child.
- As you consider the three ingredients of capturing and keeping the heart of your child - time, listen/encourage and touch - which do you find most difficult to do? Take a moment to evaluate why this is difficult.
- As you make summer plans, what are some new ways that you can incorporate time, listen/encourage and touch into your summer rhythm?