When I was a single mom to my three boys, life was far from easy especially when they were teenagers. I was reminded of that again today when my middle son sent a Tweet out this morning that sent me into a spirit of reflection and abundant thanksgiving. With his permission I will let Kyle speak for himself.
Reading his post, were you quick to judge him harshly? Did you see redemption, restoration, and healing? Were you encouraged? There’s no right or wrong answer here.
We never really know what someone is going through. We never truly know why people do what they do.
The story in the Bible that moves me each time I read it is where John wrote about Jesus going to the Mount of Olives. It was dawn in the temple courts, people gathered around, and there stands a woman. She could be you. She could be me. She could be one of our children. The reason why she stands before them could be vastly different, but it could be us.
The story unfolds like this…
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. John 8:3-6 (NIV)
The plot thickens…
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stoneat her.”8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
What a testimony and an example when Jesus walked the earth in that He did not lecture us. He shared stories, also known as parables and used them to teach us and make us think. He walked with sinners, prostitutes, tax collectors. He walked with the ones that fell short of the glory of God. Are you tracking with me? Let me say it again… Jesus walked with the ones that fell short of the glory of God…US. Jesus continues to pursue us just as He continues to pursue Kyle.
I am so very proud of this young man, our sweet boy #2. He could have chosen the easy road, stayed in a town he has always known with friends he has grown up with since infancy. Instead, Kyle sat behind the wheel of his packed and loaded down Volvo, big and faithful Ross (dog) by his side, and drove over two-thousand miles away to Bellingham, Washington to start a new life. Fast forward to today… just as he said in his tweet above his future is bright. I am grateful God allowed me to keep him and beyond blessed he is making incredibly wise choices becoming a strong man who has a heart and gift to lead and teach others.
With every “test” there is a testimony.
Jesus does not withhold His love for us. Unconditional, unwavering, forever faithful is our King Jesus. He is our example. As undeserving as we all are Jesus pours grace upon grace over us and loves us unconditionally. This is what we are charged to do and be as humans.
Are we walking it out or are we standing as the presiding judge of a courtroom cracking the gavel and passing judgment with no opportunity for restoration, grace, or mercy?
I am grateful for God’s grace and favor raising them. Absolutely, unequivocally love these young men with all my heart. God blessed and entrusted me with these children and I will never forget His favor.
Tomorrow isn’t promised…
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
God is faithful in ALL circumstances.
Kyle, God continues to have great plans for you sweet boy. He has spared your life on many occasions. Keep Him first always and everything else will fall into place. It always does. You will forever treasure this time of growth and new experience in the great and beautiful state of Washington. We love and miss you very much. Momma & Mark
In His love,
In response to The Daily Prompt – Lecture
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