Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)
6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
It sure seems that way. Raise them wrong and it takes a miracle to get them back. And were good at raising them wrong. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time with the men that have had the distinction of experience our penal system that has jaded me a bit. These guys are (mostly, not all, blah, blah, blah – yes, there are some people that are purely evil) results of a broken world that spits out brokenness. More bluntly, the jails/prisons/penitentiaries are filled with the results of the parents that raised them. The streets of Chicago are filled with the results of the parents that raised them. M13 is filled with the results of the parents that raised them.
We feed our kids the wrong stuff and we get the results we get.
John 6:35 (NLT)
35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
That’s the right stuff. Solid, unwavering, community, service, love. Do we ever find this level of humanness in humans? Nope. Why not? Seriously, why not? Time to dismount from our high horse. The whack job in the cowboy hat is coming to mind this morning.
John 14:13 (NLT)
13 “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father”
As long as what you’re asking for lines up with God’s will, it’ll happen. The thing is that even though we think it might line up with his will, if it doesn’t happen, we’re wrong, not God. We, in our infinite wisdom, can’t handle that, so we go on our own path and generate the results we’re generating. This mess ain’t about God, it’s about us.
Where is God is all of this? Waiting for us to get on the right path, the narrow path.