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Come to Me

first-day-schoolAfter just finishing with another crazy morning of trying to get the kids to school on time, I sat down to read my daily thought from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost for His Highest”.

In it today, he describes how in Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me…”. “Come” is literally a call to action. So then why are we so reluctant to act on our faith, much less what we know is right?

As I write this, I’m thinking back to what an effort it was to wake my younger child up, get him dressed, feed him and get him out the door without every hair on his head sticking straight up in the air. In fact, I don’t know if he even brushed his teeth. But I’m also realizing that I cannot allow him to frustrate me; his inaction is a choice, just as is my allowance of his inaction.

Instead of allowing my kids (who truly have barely been alive on this earth long enough to understand what a schedule is!) to dictate my schedule, I need to set a clear expectation and be firm in standing my ground on that expectation.

One thing I’ve come to appreciate about God’s word is that it is just that: steadfast, consistent and unwavering. Whether or not I like it or feel like following it everyday, it never changes. So then, what kind of a disservice am I doing for my own children when I allow our schedule and rules to change based on whether or not they feel like waking up on time?

While I’m a big believer in grace and flexibility, I’m also now realizing that I need to model the same consistency for my children as Christ has modeled for me through the scriptures.