Read His Words Before Ours!
Parenting is all about navigating new territory on a continually shifting landscape.
Parenting teens is that description to the nth degree.
Nothing ever stays the same. (well, rarely every)
The moment you feel you have it figured out, everything is new. Throw in vocabulary that also changes by the day, making you feel like you’ve walked into a new culture by the minute, and parenting feels like a whirlwind.
Skirrrt those nasty pickles, but the fries are dope.
That dude’s party was lit, but I was so salty when no one liked my dessert.
There ya’ go, that’s the tea sis!
But I’ll stop now before ya’ll think I’m cringy. 🙂
One constant (at least mostly) for my oldest son has been his affinity for “good” music. While our definitions of “good” are pretty different most days, it’s a conversation we can have any time, any day. My son is a deep thinker, always looking at things from a unique perspective, which pairs well with my theological core as I love to slow down and think through the roots and implications of a small part connected to a bigger picture. He and I have spent countless conversations listening to lyrics, hitting pause, and then poking at the words for what they really mean instead of just drinking them in.
“Mom, I have a new song for you.”
“What about these words, Mom, what do you think he is thinking?”
Sometimes, he’s surprised that a favorite song of his actually has a meaning he didn’t expect, and sometimes, I’m surprised (and encouraged) by the songs he chooses to share.
Today was one of those surprises.
It was another daily drive to gymnastics, and another playlist. A couple of songs, a couple of thoughts, and then one he hadn’t shared before played, arresting my attention from the first note to the last.
I met Craig at a church called Redeeming Grace
It’s like he understood my “I don’t want to be here” face
I felt out of place and I smelled like beer
But he just shook my hand, said “I’m glad you’re here”
He says, “we’ll all be judged”
But he was never judgmental.
As Walker Hayes crooned on and the images he painted came to life in my mind, all I could see were all the “Craigs” I knew, all the times I’d seen my husband be “Craig”, how my own heart beat passionately to be “Craig”, and how Jesus calls each and every believer to be Craig.
I still ain’t figured out church yet
But Craig, I get
Nah he can’t walk on water, turn the Napa Valley red
But he just might be tight with a man that did
Now he’s not the light of the world
But I wish that mine was bright as his
Yeah, he just might be tight with a man that is.
Girls, Craig gets it!
He knows the truth of Jesus, he has been transformed and renewed by the deepest of graces found in the forgiving, sacrificial blood of Jesus spilled on his behalf.
Craig is indeed “tight with the man” who is The Redeemer.
And he knows redemption is meant for all.
Jesus is the Rescuer
for teenage boys who think they get it all, but are struggling to find themselves.
Jesus is the Rescuer
for teenage girls who change their friend groups like they change their clothes, wondering what they were made for.
Jesus is the Rescuer
for the one sitting on the edge of his bed, pills in hand, feeling he’s worthless and without value.
Jesus is the Rescue for….
the tattoo artist whose fingers smell like drugs,
the girl who vapes at the park so her parents won’t find out,
the husband who can’t stop looking at porn or justifying his glances,
the woman at the gym who goes home to a husband who “owns” her,
the mom who hides her food addiction, wondering if she will always feel shallow and ugly,
the guy who cusses loud and shamelessly as he makes your coffee,
the girl who writes this Journey with tears gathering because she knows
she’s just like all of them.
See, Jesus came to push us outside of our pretty little lines.
He gives us the permanent marker of His love, grace, and truth, and says, “go to all, exclude none.”
Go Outside The Lines
Peter had been redeemed years earlier.
He thought he had this Jesus-life pretty figured out. He’d learned first-hand what it looked like to live out love as he literally walked beside Jesus. He watched His Savior be crucified, and was breathless when he realized the tomb was now empty and Death was defeated. The Holy Spirit had indwelt him and given him powerful boldness to reach thousands with the gospel.
He knew all of that, but The Redeemer intended more.
The Lord gave Peter a vision, commanding him,
“Do not call common what God has made clean.” (Acts 10:15)
In essence, “Stop pushing others away and automatically excluding them from My redemption because of your predetermined judgment lines.
Sisters, let’s decide to live out our days asking, “what if we colored outside the lines?”.
Like Jesus, who died for us while we kept on loving our sin more than the Savior.
We don’t walk on water, but because we are tight with the One who did,
we can love beyond our lines!
“Did you like that one, Mom? I picked it just for you.”
“Yeah. Yeah, I liked that one, and I’m not even salty we listened to your music all the way here.”
“Salty?!”, with eyebrows raised. “Wow, Mom…well played!”.
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!