Morning Revelation.

I have been having some serious challenges with my oldest son. He is getting older and feeling the need to test the boundaries that his father and I have had firmly in place all of his life. He wants to question and when we tell him to do things, he wants to explain and have a conversation. I never realized how much of my parents resided in me until I started responding to these changes. I know my mouth is moving, but the words (and the tone of voice) that come out belong to my mother and father. Ugh. That can be so so annoying. You know, finding out that stuff rubbed off on you like that.

This morning, I was taking notes in church about ways to shed the old self and the ways that people often give God excuses for their poor choices, in avoidance of making the changes they know they need to change. Then the pastor opened his mouth and said that we shouldn’t try the things with God that we don’t accept from our children. All of the battles with my son (and his siblings) took on new significance. Was I trying to justify some of the junk in my life with God using the very stuff that was driving me up the wall in my kids? Are my kids watching me more closely than I realize and emulating my behavior? I’ve got a lot to think about.

Church at the park.

On the Sunday before Independence Day, our church moves service outside to the park nearby. It’s really great because we have two services (soon to be three) and it is a chance to see friends who attend the other services and make new ones. One thing I really like about our church is that everybody is real about the fact that we are all on a journey to serve our ultimate purpose and live our best life. If we find something that works for us, we share it and sometimes we just listen and sometimes we share things we may need help with. I love the fact that we are not perfect, but we are trying to do better. So much of that comes from our leadership. I am so thankful for them.