We can’t get caught in the trap where we think that our difficulty or challenge – no matter how long we’ve been fighting it, no matter how far we feel like we’re in it – that God can’t come with his graces, and there can’t come a way to help us out.
After 9 fruitful lessons with Jason Angelette and Timmy Mccaffery, let’s remember the devout guidance shared with us.
“People like you and I and any parents or people out there who have tried to live their faith – that’s where we can have an advantage. God has shown off to me, and it’s my job to testify to that, to tell people ‘Listen to what God did.'”
It’s walking past the Christmas Tree and saying “ehh, I’ll think about the gift tomorrow.” No – you run down the stairs and you start barreling through stuff, and then your parents get mad because you did it too fast. You get excited about it. Go open the presents. Take what was freely given to you.
If a kid, tells you something, or shows you something, you don’t get mad or freak out and hit the phone with a sledgehammer. You tell them, “I’m proud of you. Thank you.” And then you tell them, “I’m sorry that happened, that you had to see that. And maybe we didn’t do something we could’ve.” Your kids see that vulnerability and that brokenness – that’s powerful.
For the sake of your son or your daughter, you work on yourself. You can’t come at it from a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of perspective. They’ll see right through that. You are a witness.
“I need to have restrictions. I need to have things in place that will protect those times where I just need to be unplugged, detached, not accessible to everyone. But I need to be accessible to my family, to my wife, to my God.”
“I can’t just be chilling at my house on my phone 24/7 and then expect my kid to not do it.” “Or when I’m driving, using my phone at the same time in hand, but then telling my kids ‘When you drive, don’t do this.’ It’s ridiculous.”
“Are you on the road with Jesus? You and Him might not be talking; you might not be having this knock-em-down, drag-em-out awesome conversation where He’s giving you all the plans and you’re hearing His voice – maybe, maybe not. But are you with Him?”
“Obviously, we need to make sure that the planks are out of our own eyes so that we can remove the dust in someone else’s eye, and we need to not sit on some high horse and throw stones. But we do need to, in love, witness the truth and speak it and proclaim it in our actions, our words, and our behaviors.”