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“Sure Dad”

Sometimes I’ll get seriously convicted about something in the life of one of my older children and I’ll feel I need to talk to them.  I’ve learned through years of mistakes I do better if I take some time to think and pray about things, but my position as “dad” doesn’t allow me to just forget about stuff.  Once in a while I’ll do all the things I think I should to prepare myself to talk to them, and after even a second or two see them begin to shut down.  “Sure Dad.  Whatever you think!” might be a typical response.  These are the times I find fathering the most difficult.  I want only the best for my children, and quite often they couldn’t be less interested.  It doesn’t matter I’ve lived decades more life and have some experiences they could learn from.  It doesn’t matter I would never lead them in the wrong direction.  And, it doesn’t matter if I use the right words at exactly the right time.  Once a person old enough to think for himself decides to do something his way, it’s unlikely anyone can change his mind.  And I guess at that point the only thing I can do is pray.  That, and remember how many times I’ve hurt God in a similar way.

“For the LORD had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.'”  Exodus 33:5

In Christ, PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

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