Do you believe that God has His own way of sending us little messages daily to strengthen the reality of Himself and His principles of life and living? I do.
For example, your child or grandchild spills milk all over the floor. For most, the usual response anger followed by some form of criticism of the youngster. Perhaps God is trying to slow us down to really notice our children or grandchildren and recognize their unique and special characteristics or something about them. We might say: “I’ve dropped milk many times in my life. How about I help you clean this up? And, by the way, you did a great job of tying your shoes.” When you both finish cleaning up the milk, why not say: “You did a great job helping me clean up the spilled milk!” In just that one situation, you have praised the child twice. Child Developmentalists have told us for many years that so many young children receive many more statements critical of them and far few that are positive or praiseworthy of their efforts. Are the momentary lapses in our children’s skills and positive behaviors a teaching moment from God?
You are driving on your way to meet a business associate at a museum you have never been to. But you end up exiting at the wrong exit. As you attempt to determine where you are and get back onto the highway, you are slowed down by a traffic jam that is backed up for miles. Now you have some time to think. Do you think God may be dropping the hint that you are drifting along in life and doing things simply on the basis of habit? Might you be more aware of the direction your life is taking you? Is it taking you farther and farther away from what God wants?
Your teen has received a “D” or “F” in a core subject. Many parents greet the teen with their version of shock and awe or the “I don’t care approach”. Maybe God is attempting to get you to really talk to your teen, be their parent and to guide them through to adulthood. Developmentalists have found in countless research studies, teens yearn to have the guidance and support of their parents. That guidance, once established, often proceed their child into their young adult years with questions of child rearing, budgeting, spousal relations and much, much more.
Back in the 1980’s, Coca-Cola had an advertisement that said, “Pause and Refresh”. Might we pause to consider the messages God has for your? And should we now consider refreshing ourselves with the waters of His eternal life? It is His wish that we know, love and serve Him better each and everyday
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