Wednesday, July 06, 2011
We have a family friend who helps my husband frequently on automotive type problems. He will bring his two boys with him, one thirteen and the other 15. My husband expresses frustration at how lazy the boys are and I have also witnessed this. If they are to asked for help in minor ways you would think they were asked to give blood or lay their lives on a train track. Then, it takes forever to get your request fulfilled. But when it comes time for getting hamburgers for lunch out of gratitude for dad's help they are right there. My husband has also had several cokes to replace in his fridge after they leave every time. Yes, I know that the parents have a lot to do with this, but not entirely. I have seen this kind of attitude time and again, not just in these two boys.
People also treat God this way. I myself have been known to be this way. We only come to him when we want something out of him. Or we will only pray when we have some kind of crisis to face. Our prayers are gimme, gimme, gimme. There is nothing wrong with praying for others and desiring to have more patience or peace or what have you. But is that what characterizes our entire prayer life? Do we ever just come to sit in His presence or tell Him how grateful we are for all He has done? Do we ever come just to praise Him? Do we ever come just to say nothing and sit in His presence? When we have our life shaken up by an encounter with God it is amazing how the first change we see is in our prayer life. Maybe we just need to have Him shake us up a little more often. But to get His attention do we not need to change our focus to begin with?