Oh how fun it is to go to someone's house and sleepover. Not because you need a babysitter, or because your parents are out of town. But to sleepover at a friend's house, just because you're friends -- now that is fun!
Sometimes you get to stay up late and eat popcorn or watch a movie. Sometimes you get to sleep on the floor in a sleeping bag, but you don't really sleep because you tell stories late into the night. Raiding the refrigerator at someone's house is fun, too. And you get to make funny combinations of stuff when their parents have already gone to bed. Have you ever had peanut butter in your ice cream at midnight, or a banana sandwich? It is fun just thinking about it.
It is a fun way to see how other people live. What is it like to eat supper with another family? How do their parents talk to each other when they think no one is listening? And you get to see your friend's toys and house and bedroom and pets and books and bed and all the other stuff they have. But after all of that, usually it is fun to go home to your own bed where you can really sleep. And the food your mom cooks is more familiar. It's fun to visit our friends, but our own home is best.
Can you imagine what it was like to leave your home in HEAVEN where everything was perfect, and come to live in Bethlehem. Earth was a nice place to visit, and Jesus came here for a very important reason. John 1:14 says that Jesus "moved into the neighborhood." But it wasn't just for a sleepover so he could see our pets and our houses, he came here to forgive our sins so we could go to heaven to live with him someday. His place is perfect, and I'm excited to think about going on a "forever sleepover" with Jesus and all of the other Christians in heaven someday!
Something to think about: What do you think heaven is like? Talk to your parents today about people they know who have gone to heaven. If you are not sure that you will go to heaven when you die, ask your parents to help you understand how you can know for sure. Heaven will be a perfect place to live someday!!