Yesterday morning my family sat down together at 8 AM, as we regularly do. This is the time of day that we pray together and take a look at the calendar to make sure everyone is on the same page and understands what’s expected of each person for the day’s activities.
I began our short discussion with the statement: “Today is a normal day.”
My wife quickly chimed in and said, “No, I don’t want today to be normal.”
Wow! I quickly perceived what she was really saying. You see, lately the norm around our home has included pesting, complaining, arguing, fighting, lying, and all sorts of other behaviors consistent with selfishness.
To be honest, it’s exhausting for my wife and I to be on our game as parents with this being the norm. We long for the day when normal for our family is seeing our kids choose to be a blessing to each other, encourage one another, choose first time obedience, and pursue peace. We certainly have glimpses of this from each of our children from time to time, but it’s far from being the norm.
As we concluded our time in prayer together, I took a moment to remind us that choosing to move beyond what has become normal for us is not something that we can do on our own. On our own we choose to be selfish. We each desperately need to walk in the Spirit if we want to see the fruit of the Spirit on display. So we began to pray and each of us invited the Spirit to come alive in us and to help us in specific ways.
My youngest and oldest children each asked Jesus to help them to focus. Another asked Jesus to help him listen. The others became aware that they needed Jesus to help them resist fighting and pursue peace.
Here’s to following Jesus into a better than normal day!