A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. The two were always getting into trouble and their parents could be assured that if any mischief occurred in their town their two young sons were in some way involved.
The parents were at their wits end as to what to do about their sons’ behavior. The mother had heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children in the past, so she asked her husband if he thought they should send the boys to speak with the clergyman.
The husband said, “We might as well. We need to do something before I really lose my temper!’ The clergyman agreed to speak with the boys, but asked to see them individually. The 8 year old went to meet with him first. The clergyman sat the boy down and asked him sternly, ‘Where is God?’”
The boy made no response, so the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, ‘Where is God?’ Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face, ‘WHERE IS GOD?’
At that the boy bolted from the room and ran directly home, slamming himself in the closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and asked what had happened. The younger brother replied, “We are in BIG trouble this time! God is missing and they think we did it!”
The clergyman was only trying to get the boy to say everywhere, but his mischief got the best of him. If he would have just dug deep, take a pause and relax he would have been able to understand the question and come up with the answer. Instead his thoughts caused him to create a whole story and he ran! I was notorious for running or avoiding issues by sugarcoating the situation. Many of us are petrified of confrontation and tell ourselves that it’s just too hard. So, when faced with a difficult situation or person, we avoid it and instead run away…for as long as possible.
We need to be people who will no longer run away from difficult situations because God doesn’t want us to be afraid. He wants us to be bold, courageous, and to know we can handle anything that comes our way! He wants us to know who we are and whose we are. Maybe you just need to live with a little more oomph! I’m talking about Holy Spirit oomph that says, “I am God’s child, and I’m not going to be stepped on my whole life. “I AM the head and not the tail, above and not beneath,” Deuteronomy 28:13. I will not live in fear. I will not run away from things. Because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Have a great weekend!
Keeping It Simple & Straightforward