Disturbed

disturbed

“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”
Hebrews 13:14 (NLT)

Isn’t it amazing how much comfort this world can try to offer us? We’re surrounded by conveniences – fast food, nice grocery stores, amazing technology, and abundant entertainment. So many things try to win our love and steal our attention away from God and eternal things. For the Christian there is a constant struggle to remember that this world isn’t our real home.

Tonight, I am again praying that God will keep what is real and lasting in front of me. I’m praying that He will give me eyes of faith and a heart that only finds fullness in Him.

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity; and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.

– Sir Frances Drake (explorer and naval pioneer during the Elizabethan era)

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Dreaming for Our Kids

If you’re a parent or ever plan to be a parent, what is your biggest dream for your kids? What aspiration is at the top when you consider their futures? Does it involve their ability in sports or academics? Is it related to their talents or social skills? Do you hope they will make a lot of money? Is it something based on your own failings?

As I’ve thought about this, I’ve come to a very strong personal conclusion. I’ve made plenty of mistakes as a parent, but there are two things about which I want my kids to be perfectly certain:

  1. More than anything else, I want them to live for the glory of God – fully committed to Jesus Christ.
  2. No matter what, I love them and treasure them with all of my heart.

You see, when it comes to these two things, I don’t want my kids to have to guess.

So to make that happen, here are a few items that I’m implementing:

  • Mentioning these things in passing as we hang out and play together.
  • Teaching the stories of Scripture to my kids and helping them to enjoy the Bible.
  • Reinforcing these things when we pray together.
  • Talking about these things in more detail when I can tell that their hearts are open and attentive.
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