I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.
~ Ephesians 4:15
I listened to a friend talking about her children recently. One has a problem with lying. The kids are under a pretty tight reign and a pretty high expectation. The conversation continued, we talked about the adventures of the teen years and how we each weathered and grew in that adventure.
It came time to leave, and the children were told that if they did not come down immediately, they would not be able to go swimming at the hotel. Another person asked if that was true or if she made that up. “Oh I made it up.”
It is good to vent with other trusted friends. It is good to look at what is coming out of our own mouths and just when those words are falling on deaf ears.
I like the image of growing up in Christ, taking our lead from Christ and fitting our head inside of his own. He is the source, he is the mentor, he is the example. Oh for His wisdom, His words, His tongue. Now I see the wisdom in the prayer that begins, “God be in my head.”
Because of Him,