Thursday, April 9, 2009

Let's Face It: Quit Running

I wish I had a little click counter that registered the number of times I tell my children to "quit running" in a day. I honestly believe the click counter would be so exhausted by its' inability to keep up that it would probably burst into a million pieces in frustration. This is often how I feel.

"Quit Running." "Quit Yelling." "Quit whining." "Quit hitting."
"Don't hit." "Don't tell me no." "Don't throw food." "Don't run."
"Why did you flush sunglasses down the toilet?"
"Why are you laughing, you are in TROUBLE?"
"Who is still running?" "Who colored on the tile?" "Who hit Laci?" "Who kicked Seth?" "Who stole Leyton's toy?"
"AND WHY ARE YOU still RUNNING?"

Rules. We have to have them. We all bend them from time to time. Yet, we expect others to follow them implicitly. I struggle with this. I often exhibit the very traits that I despise in others. Case in point:

"Quit running" - yet they see me sprint to the phone.
"Quit whining" - yet I throw pity parties for myself on a regular basis.
"Don't tell me no"- yet I tell God no by not being obedient to His instructions.

Ouch. You get my point? During this post alone, I have told my children to "quit running," "quit throwing crackers," and "quit whining." I am thankful that God doesn't get as frustrated with me as I often am towards my children. I am thankful that His rules are not self-seeking, but for my own good. God doesn't roll his eyes when I mess up. And He doesn't jump on His blog and write about needing a click counter to tabulate all of the times I don't do what He wants me to do. He doesn't tell me what I want to hear just to get some peace and quiet, instead He always speaks the truth in love.

Relief.

"God is love." 1 John 4:8

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