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Comfort & Conviction

December 31, 2006

bible.gifGod’s really been growing me this week.

First, I read the very familiar verse of Scripture from Proverbs that says “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) I’ve seen that verse a hundred or more times — what Christian parent hasn’t? — but this time God focused my attention on one particular part of it… the “when he is old” part. It doesn’t say that your child will follow your instructions and advice now. It says that he will when he is old.

Well, that just brought me a world of comfort. God doesn’t expect Trevor to fall in line with everything Dan and I tell him, so why should we expect him to? The important thing is for us to keep telling him what is right/acceptable and what is wrong/unacceptable. Even if we feel like the proverbial broken record. Even if we feel like we might as well be talking to the wind for all the good it’s doing, the payoff will be there when Trevor is grown. Thank you, Jesus!

Second, I became convicted in church today. In the past, I’ve been very shy about speaking to others about my faith and/or praying aloud in the presence of anyone outside of my family. Our pastor pointed out the following verse in his sermon this morning: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8), in addition to Joshua 1:9, which was our memory verse from Vacation Bible School earlier this year. (This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.)

Which means, it is just plain silly for me to whine, “I can’t pray in front of these people!” or “I couldn’t possibly witness to her!” when God has clearly told me that I can. I am letting my insecurity get in the way of being obedient to His will, and that’s not good. So in 2007 I am going to speak when I feel moved to speak regardless of whether or not I think someone will criticize me for it.

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One comment

  1. It occurred to me as well, that a child will be a child, he will grow up to be the parent we are modeling for him. I would like to try to model the art of patience better. Goodness knows my children do . . . try . . . my patience.

    As far as evangelizing it seems important not to tell people how they should think about God but ask them what they think about God. Today, two female coworkers were talking about how they should dress in church. One felt it very important to dress correctly, the other said she would wear blue jeans as she is not there for the people, “God doesn’t care about what I wear.”

    I said, “What does he care about?”

    “That I go to friggin church!”, she said.

    “Do you?”, I replied.

    “No.” was her response.

    I chuckled and departed, its the Lord’s work from there.



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