He can afford it, and on one hand, I’m excited for him.
On the other hand, there’s the mom-side that is screaming, “No! Wait!”
I know it’s normal; he’s 19 and like most teenagers / young adults, he’s in a hurry, itching for independence, and longing for self-reliance.
They want to do things on their own.
As parents, we have the life experience that knows the unglamorous side of hurried independence and self-reliance.
After all, bills have to be paid, toilets have to be scrubbed, and dinner has to be made.
We know from experience that it won’t take long before reality trumps the ideals that are built up in their minds.
But when you think about it – aren’t we just as guilty, no matter our age?
Do we pause to pray before we make decisions?
Do we take a moment to ask God to protect us before we get behind the wheel of a car?
Do we spend time daily in the Word, seeking God’s wisdom and instruction for our lives?
Just as we want to guide our children’s decisions, so God wants to guide ours as well!
Logical since we ARE His children!
Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
The word “fear” here means “reverence.”
When we look up to God, or revere Him, that is the first step to wisdom.
With that reverence, we accept that He sees the big picture and details we can’t see.
Wisdom comes from looking to God.
Later in Proverbs 3:5-6 it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Once again — look to God for direction; He’s not going to lead you into harm!
Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to remind you to go to God for everything; to remind you not to be fooled by “self-sufficiency” but in everything, lean on God for His wisdom and direction.
NOTE: Feel free to comment, but these prayer prompts are meant to be between you and God. Matthew 6:6 — But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.