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Topic: Willingness (02/21/05)
TITLE: WILLINGNESS TO LET GO and LET GOD
By Trish Jones
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As his parents, we have always tried to instill in him the importance of faith and trusting God in his everyday life. Over the past several months I have noticed that he has not been as open about his walk with God. He has become more reserve in that aspect-not so ready to openly profess his faith to me as I have tried to initiate some sort of proof for my own satisfaction that he has not strayed away.
I have failed to take into account that he is at an age where he may not choose to express his feelings and emotions as he did when he was younger. And yet, by his attitude and behavior, I know in my heart that God is still teaching and guiding him throughout his everyday life. I have learned that I cannot force my beliefs upon him however “righteous” they may seem to be. For that kind of “righteousness” only comes from pride and pride comes from sin. That in it self will cause damage and strife to any relationship. How foolish was I to believe more in my own influence on him rather than the influence of trusting God as his Savior has been in his life.
Today, after listening to much needed lesson on pride and humility, I learned that I must have the willingness to ‘step back so God can step in’. For the past sixteen years we have taught our son the only way we knew how-through love and wisdom. We know that he will carry with him that which he has learned thus far. God has a very special place in his heart and he has learned the importance and power of prayer.
Our son is at a right of passage in his life. Turning sixteen now affords him the opportunity of driving himself to school and the chance of having a summer job. He is an ambitious teenager and has longed to be of age when he would be able to work during the summer and save up for college.
I felt our time for doing things together was somewhat coming to an end mostly because he will no longer have to rely on us to take him where he needs to go. For some reason it was important for me to once again be reassured of his relationship with Christ. God provided me the perfect opportunity to discuss what was on my mind with our son. His willingness to talk with me about God did, once and for all, put my mind at peace. He reassured me that although he doesn’t openly talk about God right now that God is very important in his life and that he continues to pray every day. He understood what it meant to stay on the right path of life-that making wrong choices and decisions will deter him from the life God has planned for him.
Now maybe, after all these years, I’m ready for him to turn sixteen.
I’m stepping back so God can step in.
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