Wanted to throw some midday thoughts on virtual paper before I forgot them. Since I tend to think that everything that pops in my head is something that everyone needs to hear. The whole, think before you speak bit.
My oldest son came over last night to visit for a bit. He’s been living on his own since August. It’s been candy canes a lollipops for that 19 year old feller. NOT!!!! He has struggling and is struggling with life in general. What to do, where to go, etc. He opted not to go to college and chose to jump into life instead. Totally cool with me and I’m so pumped for what the future holds for him. He was pretty upset about just not knowing what to do in life, paying bills, being broke, what have ya’. I kind of chuckled because I completely understand. When I was his age I was at Ft. Stewart in Georgia with my 17 year old wife. What was I thinking!? Anyhow, I’ve mentioned to him in the past that praying helps me. I asked him if he’s prayed about it. He said he has but doesn’t know why he should cause God never talks to him. Again, a little smile. This is getting good! I didn’t mention it to him at the time and probably should’ve. If you’re reading this now, son, here’s what I have to say about that. Remember when you were a small feller and you’d ask me for something over and over and over and over again? You’d bug the snot out of me knowing and having faith that I’d eventually hear you and answer you? Yeah, well, God works the same way. He’s not a genie in a bottle. He was conversation and relationship. He wants you to walk and talk with Him. Just like your earthly father…me. So, don’t stop praying and don’t give up hope. If you know someone is home, you’re gonna keep knocking on the door. Keep knocking on His. He’ll answer you when you’re heart and mind are ready to LISTEN to Him. Standby…
Another thing I was thinking about a bit ago as I was reading a daily devotional. I can’t remember half the stuff I read from the bible. I mean, all these pastors and “Good Christian people” can fire off verses like it’s scripted. Not me, no way. I remember John 3:16, Genesis 1:1 and the shortest verse in the bible, “He wept”, but have no idea where to find it. I’ve mentioned this to my wife about me not being able to memorize verses. Luckily for me, I’m a bit of a geographical prodigy. I can almost turn to a book in the bible without flipping through pages. I told my wife, once, that it made me feel like a “bad Christian”. Her reply, “What’s a good Christian”? I said, “You know, someone who can recite the bible and knows all the stories”. So she says, “Honey, there’s not such thing as a bad Christian and a good Christian. You either are or you aren’t. Period”. Huh… Never really thought about it like that. So, that made me feel better to know that I’m not a bad Christian and went back to being comfortable knowing that I just have memory loss and can’t remember anything I read. I guess there’s comfort in that. I’ve also come to the conclusion that, because I know God honors our efforts to know and understand His ways, if I put in the time and effort to read His word he’ll help me to remember whatever it is at that certain time that I need to remember. Because I’ve put in the leg work to at least sit down and read the Word, he’ll sharpen my memory when it’s appropriate. That made me feel better. “Better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it”. That’s a saying in our family.
Anyhow, just wanted to share some thoughts with ya, today. Hope everyone is doing awesome!!! Don’t forget to Like, Share and Subscribe!!! Thanks!!