Aight, scraight up, this entry might be a little more unfiltered. But hey, as one of my dearest friends tells me often, “That’s how you should live anyway, unfiltered brother.”
For those not trained in the vernacular of the common man, the opening words can be translated as, “Alright, I am going to be very forthcoming.” Now, that’s out of the way.
As I often am in parenting, I am flying through the air with no net, as most parents do as well. You can read all the Dobson books you want, and you can go to all the conferences on families, but, you still have a unique unit called “your family”, and it ain’t always written in the book how it just got played out in your living room.
The same is true with parenting your parents. I told a group of college age students this morning, the second hardest thing they will do as a Christian, is parenting their parents. The first being successfully leading your family in a Christian home. Okay, marriage is intertwined with number 1 because it all comes together in the home.
Either way, truly there is no instruction book with kids or parents. Guidelines maybe, but no rules to follow.
So, when I get in tough situations which I am in now and truly searching for wisdom I go to one of my favorite verses in all the Bible. Because it is so real, so applicable, so right where I am.
In the New Testament, I love to read and re-read the verse where the sinner, identified as a tax collector, stands out in the street, will not even lift his eyes toward heaven, beats upon his chest, and says, “Forgive me, O Lord, for I am a sinner.” When I have failed God and everybody else around me I have literally beaten my chest and quoted that verse.
(By the way, why is it that when a Christian uses the word failure, or they use a phrase like I did, of failing God and everybody else around me, Christian folk often think that sex is somehow involved and it is a moral failure?”) My gosh, there are many, many ways to fail God. Here’s one. Don’t pronounce judgement over someone else’s failures. God and the failing party can work it all out if you will stay out o da way.
Let me get back on track. One of my favorite verses in the Old Testament is this one.
“For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12
Is that not the most awesome gut honest verse? And it is coming from a king, the leader of the people.
So, as you go about your life, memorize that verse. It might be worth writing the following phrase 500 times as you did in elementary school.
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
God is not looking for pretty prayers. He is looking for gut wrenching, heart felt prayers that go beyond a repetitive recitation of memorized religious vocabulary.
There is no circumstance so large, overwhelming and insurmountable that God will not take consideration of the prayer which begins with, “We do not know what to do”, and ends with, “but our eyes are upon you.”