from me to you / Reality Epiphany / The Mapps Quest

Getting ready.

This past week has been a difficult one when it comes time to get Ethan up and ready for school.  It’s usually about 7:20 when I come into his room and start patting him.  Once he’s coherent I will read a the morning devotion from Morning & Evening by Spurgeon (there’s an app).  He likes it, and it makes me grateful for these times of pouring God into his life.

By 7:30 it’s time to put clothes on and eat breakfast.. but this week hasn’t been so easy.  Instead of getting up, he lays there, rolling around telling me he’s so tired, even though we’ve already had wide awake discussions.  He just refuses to get up, and now he’s too big for me to pull him up.  So, I go make his lunch and get his bag ready, yelling back to him to move it along.. all the way up to 7:55. We need to leave our house no later than 8:05 to get him to school on time.

Each morning it has been the same once he finally comes into the kitchen for breakfast: “I don’t have time to eat!!  I’m going to be late!!”.. like I didn’t try to warn him.  Sometimes this is followed by tears, and sometimes he says stuff like: “I’m a bad kid!”.  I have to reassure him that he is not so bad, but that it is very important for us to not waste our own time, as there really isn’t that much of it.  It is weeks like this that I want to scream: “You’re already awake, so get up and get dressed!  I’ve already given you your clothes!  Stop laying around whining and disobeying, and do what you are supposed to be doing to get ready!”.

Yesterday, as I pondered what to yell it struck me.. we are no different than Ethan when it comes to our walk with Christ.

We’ve already been awakened and given the gift of a relationship with God.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. – 1 Peter 1:3-4

He has endowed us with everything we need to grow and become more and more like Christ.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature,having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. – 2 Peter 1:3-9

But we lay in our ‘beds’ of laziness, rolling around and avoiding what we are called to do, in effect, disobeying our Creator.

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer. – 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

We whine about not getting those ‘good’ gifts from God, but we have not pursued them either.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. – Psalm 34

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:10-11

If we are diligent to be in His word, and on our knees in prayer to him daily, and through every struggle, we will not come away empty handed.  Taste and see that the Lord is good.  His word will not return void.  He has a plan for each of our lives, but we will never find it unless we first submit ourselves to Him.

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