Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
Anne Frank, 1929-1945
German Jewish Diarist
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
It is so easy to repeat the line you have always repeated. It is so easy to recite the rote answer. It is easy to be the victim, the tormentor, the role you have always known. Even if you know Jesus as your savior. Old patterns, old “tapes” (or is that sound bytes now?) just play over and over. Until that one time that one of those things is not right. You cannot accept it anymore because something doesn’t ring true. It may be a disappointment in your life, it may be an unexpected joy. No matter what it is, it gets your attention.
Give that moment to the Lord. There are decades of prayer that have brought you to this moment. Saints you never met, and won’t until we get home that will cheer you for taking that step in Jesus’ name. Go to the Rock, stand with Him and let the love wash over you as you join hands and walk forward. Today, listen for cliches, hackneyed phrases that are your go to excuses, remarks, things that you can say without thinking. Then take them to the Rock!
Because of Him,