Sunday, October 7, 2012

To Be or Not to Be

I went to church today and I was so moved by the sermon, I had to share a bit of it with you.  We were discussing this verse from Mark: 

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" (Mark 8:34-36)

This message asks so much of us.  Lose your life for God?  But as our preacher David talked, I found myself being struck with the parallels between all the things that God asks us to be and all the things we ask our children to be.  Don't we want our children to completely give up control and trust that we know what is best for them?  Don't we ask them to respect us and listen to our words?  Don't we ask them to understand that we love them unconditionally, no matter what choices they make?  None of those things are easy for anyone.  Yet we ask our children to do those things because we want to raise them to be good people that have the confidence to be whoever God made them to be.  Somewhere along the line, it seems as if adults forget that they have a Father in heaven who wants the same for them.

David said that the ten commandments were written to give us guidance about the kind of people God wants us to be and yet we have turned them into a list of rules that must not be broken.  I don't know about your house, but in my house the rules are broken daily.  I don't let those incidences slide, but I always forgive and use it as a teachable moment.  Today I realized that so much of my job as a parent is to model God's love.  What a huge task!  I am not always good at it and, in those moments, I am going to spend more time reaching out to my Father for forgiveness and guidance.  This, I think, is who he wants me to be.

If you would like to hear the sermon from today, they share a video stream on the website.

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