Stability is not something I claim to have mastered. My list of jobs overflows a single page resume . . .
Wow! I stink at waiting. I am already toying with the idea of writing a book . . .
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Biblical hospitality is extravagant, inconvenient, and costly for the host. Recently circumcised Abraham prepared a meal in great haste—a plentiful meal including rare and valuable meat—and stood while his guests ate. Rehab risked her life to shelter the Jewish spies, and the starving widow and mother shared the very last of her provisions with Elijah. As a parent, responsible for the fiscal and emotional well-being of my family, that can be a daunting standard to live up to. How much is enough for my family before I help those who have even less? Hmmm.
It is strange sometimes to realize the spiritual depth in our children. Just the other day my son was playing with his toys while I was reading a book. I felt that urge come over me, and gave a loud sneeze (try as I might, sneezing quietly is liable to pop my eyeballs). What my son did next startled me: “Bless you,” he said. I did not know he even knew the phrase, let alone when to use it!
What if we gifted our children with a sustainable model of dependence on God by making sure that the one thing we absolutely had to accomplish each weekend involved worshiping, learning, and serving in community? Consider the implications of insisting that your family spend time accomplishing nothing more than simply being in each other’s presence and allowing God to fill that space with the Spirit’s grace.