Ok. Before anyone thinks we really believe this, I will dispell it and tell you we don't. However, we have been talking with our middle son lately about Satan. Specifically who he is and what his role is in the world (because he asked us).
We were at a store recently and son #2 was having a hard time staying where he needed to be. We had a conversation about temptation and I explained that with Christ, we have His power to resist temptation but on our own, we fail miserably. I explained that I needed #2 to stay near me and asked him to do his best. A few minutes later, he looked up at me and said, " momma, Satan is tempting me and telling my feet that they need to go over there and look around, but I'm resisting him and staying here." I, of course, commended him on his self-control and continued what I was doing. A few minutes later, #2 said, "Mom, he's at it again and I just feel like my feet need to move but, I'm resisting and staying here." I thanked him for his self-control and commended him on knowing the right thing to do and with a silent chuckle (you can't let him know this is amusing to you), I continued my work.
My second child is so funny and his struggles really give me insight into my own walk with the Lord. How many times do I have a situation where temptation is right there and I give in and barely even acknowledge that I have done it. Here he is, very concious of his struggle and trying to pray and ask for God's strength. How amazing it is for my 6 yr old to be showing such maturity (too convicting for his much older mom!!). God really does teach us through our children. How thankful I am to live daily with such a vibrant example!!