"True Reflection"Stuart JonesDuring the week of deep snow and children at home instead of being in school, parents may have observed a few struggles, maybe even a few fights. Children battled over who would play with a particular toy or game. The adults probably shook their heads and then stepped in to break up the battle. They may have wondered why their children, who were always eager to tell them the stories of Jesus that they heard Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, couldn’t be more loving and generous with their possessions. Where and how did they learn to be selfish with the things that others had given them? James 4:1-2a NLT shows us what we can see among ourselves even now: “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them.” While we may not wage war or kill to have what we want, James tells us we are not doing the right thing. “Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong.” Are we putting into practice what we learned from our time spent in church and in God’s word? How much are we like our children?