He’s twelve and a half.

Not a young boy anymore, and not even close to a man. Stuck in that limbo of life, often riding a swinging pendulum back and forth to each side as he waits – not so patiently – for his mind and body to mature.

He’s independent and inquisitive in his ways, and his mind never stops. He reads everything he can get his hands on, learning more and more about the world around him. And with this comes a potential awareness of this world that I’m not quite sure I’m ready for him to know.

There is a culture working oh-so-hard to lure him one way. Oh Father, draw Him Your way. In You alone he’ll find true peace

Protection.

Purity.

Purpose.

Help me teach him to fiercely guard his heart and mind. Continually teach me to guard mine.

Before the sun ever announces a new day, my mind is tempted to wander and feast on the distractions this world has to offer. The battle for my heart’s allegiance rages before my feet ever hit the floor. Where it lands – what I allow to enter in – will determine my choices, my attitude, my interactions with others, my obedience, and ultimately my effectiveness for the Kingdom.

So before the distractions bombard me and the world gets loud around me, I turn to the Source that will surely equip me for battle. His words fill my mind with truth. His Spirit invades with His confidence and strength far beyond what I could ever produce on my own.

And there, He prepares me to be an overcomer…

He makes me brave to obey.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ~ Philippians 4:8

Where the rubber meets the road?  In order to flee one thing, we must pursue another.

I tell my boy ‘no’ to a popular book that “everyone” is reading. At first his heart is heavy; he’s reminded once again that he’s a stranger in this world. Oh, sweet child, how I know this feeling all too well. Pursuing God wholeheartedly while living in this world won’t make us popular, that’s for sure.

But slowly, over time, it will make us more like Him.

And as that God-powered bravery wells up inside of him, he says the words that make the struggle worthwhile…

“Thank you.”

Even in the struggle, thank you Father that your way brings peace and life.

Thank you for a joy that exists in the midst of the hard.

Thank you that Your truth brings real contentment and identity.

Thank you, God, that You give stability and freedom that this world could never offer.

Thank you that when I fill my mind with Your Word, I find what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.

I find everything that my heart longs for.  

I find You. 

Jesus, guard our hearts. Protect our minds before the day even begins. Help us to be brave to obey You, no matter the cost…

“You shall therefore love the LORD your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.” – Deuteronomy 11:1

 At His feet,

 

 

*Let’s talk: What one step can you take to be brave to obey God this week?


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