My son is a great guy…I think he is the most amazing young man that I have ever met, and I love him dearly. I can’t wait to watch him go through life, and grow and mature. And, he teaches me a lot of lessons! This one just happened this morning. We had a spat over something last night (let’s face it…most of the time we forget what we are even arguing about). And I “demanded” an apology. In fact, I think that I had established a position that I would not back down until he did that. But the bottom line is that I was miserable at life until he came crawling at my feet to apologize. That officially puts me in the category of a Jackass….or donkey, but the first name sounds more appropriate. Think about all of the lives that have been destroyed, the wars that have been fought, the feelings that have been hurt….by that same thought pattern.
I am reading a book called, “With Christ in the school of prayer” and I got to a page that talked about the prayer that Christ gave us to model. The dialogue starts in either Luke 11:2 or Matthew 6:9 (read it for yourself please). Our Father is the opening salutation. Stop right there.
Our Father. Can you imagine if God treated us the same way that I treat my kids? Ouch…that hurts. He is upset when we are mad at Him, just like we are. We are stubborn and refuse to apologize just like our kids are. But unlike “me”, God is ALWAYS standing by and ready to forgive. So how about saying something simple like….”sorry Dad.” That is what my son did for me today, and that prompted me to write this.
By the way…I really didn’t care about the apology…I just wanted him to remind me that he loves me enough to care about how I feel. The same goes for God! He just wants to know that we love Him. The difference with Him is…that He is just standing by with blessings for EVERYBODY who restores their relationship with Him.
So how about calling him up, and telling Him that you love Him. Think about if our whole nation did that? We are about to entire the primary election season, and you will hear a lot of rhetoric about how to fix our Nation’s problems. God makes it pretty easy. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) says this, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
It doesn’t get much easier than that. Thanks to my son for being such a great guy who I love so much. And thanks to you all for reading.
Grace and Peace, Dan