Friday, April 11, 2008

Talk back

Today’s Reading: John 10:36 (NIV)

[Jesus said,] 36 what about the One whom the Father set apart as His very own and sent into the world?”

Good morning!

You may find this very hard to believe, but occasionally my children talked back to me! Do you find this to be a peculiar anomaly of parenthood? Out of the mouths of our babies, the first talk back word I heard from my pretty princess Rachel was “NO!” Now, when we shake our heads and say the word YES to our eighteen-month old granddaughter Madison, she will grin from ear to ear and shake her head NO just as fast as she can. There is something very intriguing about our innate predisposition to express wholehearted disagreement and do things our own way. I actually believe there is a genetic chromosome yet to be discovered by modern science and when it is finally identified, it should be labeled TK-BK, also known as the talk-back gene.

Now that I am parent of adult children, recognizing that one day, they may very well be parenting me, I appreciate the TK-BK gene much more now than I did twenty years ago. There are maddening moments in parenthood when we can see the dangerous drop off just over the hill; yet, our children are bent on riding their skateboards along the edge of disaster. We instruct them, mostly from the hard knocks we encountered while choosing to hang ten on our very own skateboards. There is something endearing about wanting to protect your child from taking harm’s path, but they do not listen, or they listen, but refuse to hear. TK-BK is alive and thriving in every human heart today.

Jesus is speaking truth but there are many who will not listen or accept His Word. What about the One whom the Father sets apart as His very own and sent into the world? Will you talk back to the God who saves you by grace? Can you, in good conscience, shake your head NO and walk away from the Lord who loves you more than life itself?

Genetic predispositions will bring us great pain in the end, if we remain unwilling to lay down our will for His. Help me Jesus, to place my faith and trust in You alone. I relinquish the TK-BK gene in my life and place it into your healing hand today. Thank you, Lord, for saving me. Amen.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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