2016-10-17 - Fleshly Living
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. (Philippians 2:3)
I understand the pull of parental apron strings. I never want my daughter to be sad, but at the same time, I try not to give in just because she thinks I am being unfair.
My daughter, my precious child, who a moment ago was choosing the day's outfits for her dolls, is now informing me that she and I are not going to church. Instead, we were going to stay home. Was she tired or not feeling well? No, not this time. It was her flesh speaking.
I was glad she was vocal in her feelings, and I took into account that being self-centered is common in children her age. Still, I wasn't about to let her win so she could play the morning away. I prayed for God to step in and show me His perspective. The Lord didn’t disappoint. I felt led to ignore my daughter’s monotonous demands, and instead started packing what toys she could play with in the car. The complaining ceased, and we were off to church.
Every day, we are faced with making decisions that will ultimately shape our children’s lives. In these instances, may you and I take a morsel from Proverbs 2:6 and seek God's wisdom for what the right response should be.
"For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding." (AMP)
Lord, I rely on You as a helpmate. May I be caring, appreciative and trustworthy. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.