Friday, February 1, 2013
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There's a reason so many of us grandparents are overcoming their technophobia and venturing into cyberspace. We're getting to see pictures of our grandkids as soon as they're taken!
Like that hilarious photo that our son sent recently. It's a picture of our one-year-old grandson sitting on the kitchen floor, fork in hand. Oh, with a lemon-meringue pie splatted on the floor next to him. He's looking at the camera with an expression somewhere between "uh-oh" and "what's the problem?"
Then came the story with the picture. Dad and big sis were outside, and Mom had to leave the room briefly. As she left, she said to our seven-year-old grandson, "You're in charge." Which apparently was interpreted as, "Keep playing your video game." That's when Terminator Toddler made his move to the pie on the counter above him. The law of gravity? Of course that provided a very valuable assist.
That's when Daddy - the event photographer - walked into the room. As he surveyed the mess on the floor, big brother made a proud announcement, "Guess what, Daddy? I'm in charge!" All Daddy could think was, "You sure you want to own this mess, son?" Strange as it may seem, I'm actually thinking about that little drama as a personal parable early in the new year.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "New Year...New Management."
How many times would that be a picture of imaginary conversations between God and me as He surveys that mess right in front of me? And there I am saying, "Guess what, Father? I'm in charge!" And He must be thinking as He looks at the damage, "Yeah, I could tell, Ron."
So how new is any new year really going to be? Especially in the parts of our lives that are messy, confused, tense, and troubled? It all may depend on who's in charge. I've found that the messes are usually in areas where I have hijacked the wheel from God and decided to take charge myself, often without even realizing it. Then I hear the echoes of a haunting question from God. It's in our word for today from the Word of God in Galatians 3:3: "After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?"
When I'm facing something that I can't fix or change or control, I desperately turn to Him and I say, "Jesus, take the wheel!" But somewhere along the way, Mr. Control takes it back. And that's where the messes come from. A new year, a fresh start, usually makes us reflect a little on things that aren't as they should be; in our marriage, our family, finances, our relationships. Maybe it's in our lifestyle, or our love life, or our walk with God.
If you see a mess in a part of your life that you're looking at it right now, consider whether you have moved Jesus to the margins and said, "I'm in charge" effectively making you "Lord" of that part of your life instead of Him. That's when He asks that disturbing question, "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46).
The realization that I was never meant to drive my life; that's the first step to beginning a love relationship with God; the very relationship you were made for. And when you admit that and you realize that the mess of our life, the guilt of our life, the shame of our life, the hurt that we've inflicted is because we've taken our life and done it our way instead of His way. You are ready at that point to say, "I need a Savior. I need a Rescuer from this sin." Especially when you understand that the Bible says it carries an eternal death penalty, which Jesus loved you so much that He paid on the cross when He died for your sin. And He walked out of his grave; He's alive. He can walk into your life this very day at your invitation and forgive that sin, and erase it forever.
If you're ready for the next step that makes that possible - a new you - you can find some answers at our website YoursForLife.net. Maybe this new year is time for new management.