Wednesday, January 28, 2015
When you know better......but you think about pushing the limits
Isn't this a picture of how we sometimes lead our own life? We know that there are things that we should avoid, places that we should not go, shows that we should not watch, or books that we should not read. It is really something different for each one of us. Seriously, stop right now and bring up to the surface of your mind, those limits that you know are there for you. Yes, I admit that I am lots like Anna. I even find myself stopping and asking, isn't this okay? When I know that it is not. Sort of like that extra dessert when you know that you have had enough.
Unfortunately, there are many in the church that are pushing the limits when they should know better. There is compromise happening and decisions being made that are far from the Biblical truths. You can't avoid seeing something about this topic. And because of that, there are so many churches pointing fingers at other churches or groups of people. Hateful words being spoken (or shouted at times). And it is so hurtful. And this is why I love Chicago HUB so much. The people who get together there have one point of common ground. Jesus. Belief and acceptance of who Jesus is and what he has done for us on the cross. John 3:16. All the other stuff just doesn't matter when you are in the presence of Jesus. It is so freeing and so filling when Jesus is all that matters.
I don't know about you, but I for one am thankful that there are limits. I feel much better knowing what I need to avoid. Isn't it wonderful that Jesus knew that we would need to be reminded of our limits and this is one great benefit of the Holy Spirit living in us. Anna would not be safe on those stairs, so it is for her protection that we prevent her from climbing those stairs. And I am also thankful for the body of Christ that stands with us and pulls us away from those dangerous "off limits" activities when we choose to ignore the nudge of the Holy Spirit.
Anna is very blessed to have great older siblings. They follow after her and loudly announce when she might be getting into trouble. Let me tell you this is a big help for this grandma! It is so much fun to see Anna growing up. Today I actually caught all three kids (Lia was at school - Ellie was home sick from school, but feeling better by the time I took this picture) playing so happily together.
Jesus, thank you so much for the reminder about limits, the things that are just dangerous for us. Holy Spirit, thank you for the firm and gentle rebukes that keep us away from the obvious sharp drop offs and also the subtle scary places. Help us keep our eyes and ears open for ourselves and for our sisters and brothers. Thank you for sweet little ones that remind us to be like little children in your Kingdom Jesus! Amen