Sunday, June 24, 2012

Don't you eat that...

I never, ever blog back to back but today something happened and I just couldn't resist the urge to alert the world of the danger. Look at this sweet little boy...

Isn't he the sweetest little thing ever! He is three years old (almost). He is the most innocent little boy and his little manners, behavior, speech and all things little boyish are being developed RIGHT NOW. One of the things that is being developed are his eating habits. They aren't very good either. He doesn't like to eat. When he does eat it is hot dogs, chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Getting him to eat those things are sometimes the hardest and most frustrating thing I have ever done! So we created a new game!! It goes like this:
Mom, Dad, Pa, Nana or anyone else trying to get him to eat: Jase DON'T YOU EAT THAT.
Jase immediately grabs whatever it is and shoves into his mouth! Again, the process repeats until all the food is gone!

Today, it hit me like a ton of bricks! God SCREAMING at me to stop doing that. Why?? I am willingly teaching my son to be disobedient. I am training to do exactly the opposite of what I want him to do. AM I NUTS OR WHAT?

We know that because Adam and Eve jacked it all up in the garden that we are bored with a rebellious nature! Paul says in Romans that he wants to do things one way but his sin nature pulls him to something different:
Romans 7:19 I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. 20 My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. 21 It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. 22 I truly delight in God's commands, 23 but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. 24 I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question? 25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

Now I know that Jesus and the Holy Spirit will guide Jase to do the right things in life but I also know it is my job to train him. To teach him to be obedient. A word was given on Father's Day at church. The word was from Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Does that not spell it right out for me?? Everytime I (or anyone else) provoke him to disobedience even if it is to get him do something good, I am provoking him to wrath.

Shame on me!! I am right now praying for crop failure. I pray that I do not reap the disobedience that I have sewn into that innocence. Boy oh Boy...I have really learned my lesson!!

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