It is September and you know what that means–homework! (If you were thinking crunchy leaves and crisp apples, sorry!)
Don’t you just love listening to children whine, wheedle, explain away, or otherwise try to get out of homework? Yeah, me neither. My fifteen year old son thinks he is very clever in all his “reasons” he gives me as to why his homework doesn’t really need to be done right away.
I also had the joy of listening to him go on and on as he gave all the reasons he believed children should not be assigned homework over the weekend…as he had been. I simply continued to ask him if he had finished it.
It did cause me to think about my own attitudes though. Truth be told, I don’t always want to do the tasks I have been “assigned.” I think all of us would rather do the things we consider fun.
How many times do we hear from God and immediately start making up excuses? These can range from, “Well, how can I be sure it was really God?” To, “God knows how busy I am, I’m sure He can find someone else to do it.” Honestly, my excuses can be even more creative than a high schooler trying to get out of homework!
If we have walked with God long enough, however, we have probably experienced the blessings that come when we obey that still, small voice. When we act upon those little nudges to do the right thing, some really cool things can happen. A lot of the time we don’t even get to know the complete outcome of an act of obedience on our part.
We have to be careful about our attitudes too though, if we are grudgingly doing something God has asked us to do it can be just as bad, or maybe worse than not doing it at all. Think about how nice it is when your kids cheerfully do their homework. (Well, if that has never happened, maybe just imagine it!) God experiences that same joy when we cheerfully obey Him.
So this September, as the homework battle begins, I pray that we will have peace within ourselves and that we can use the homework whining to remind us to have cheerful, obedient attitudes ourselves. And maybe, just maybe, that will rub off on our kids!
“Keep His decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time.” Deuteronomy 4:40