Let’s talk obedience. Why is it so hard? I asked our now four-year olds!!! (just as of last Sunday) this very question. Why can’t you listen to mommy and daddy and do as we ask? Sometimes it is so frustrating to ask them over and over and over again to pick up their toys, throw their trash in the trash, lift the toilet seat when they use the bathroom. Anyone else have boys?! Why won’t they lift the toilet seat? For goodness sake. But it seems that the same requests come out of our mouths day after day. So the other morning at breakfast we were talking about obedience. Where does it come from? And Qwade looked at me and said, “Mommy, obedience comes from our heart.” Exactly buddy. Exactly.
How often do we have half-hearted obedience? We do what we know we should do or act how we know we should act but really is our heart behind it? I know sometimes I have way too many things on my to-do list and pretty soon life becomes about checking those things off the list. Cook for my family, check. Pay the bills and keep up the book work, check. Serve at church, check. Do a bible study, check. Go for a run, check. Get dinner going, bath time, bedtime routine, check. And somewhere in the middle of my list I lose sight of my heart and what really matters. It becomes more about my checklist and less about hearing from the Father.
It seems like the Father is working on me in the same way that my husband and I are working on our kiddos. As we train them up in the way that they should go I find the Father training me up in the same areas. Why don’t I always listen to Him? Why does He have to prompt me over and over to do something that I should have done the first time? Why, because I let life and my to-do list get in the way and take up my time. Being obedient reaps so many blessings in our lives. When we choose to have a heart of obedience we don’t just want to follow God, we run after him. We begin to see all that He does and all that He can do. It opens our eyes not only to Him but also to those around us.
If we want our children to have a heart of obedience, it starts at home. Do my husband and I show them what obedience looks like? Do we show them what the correct heart attitude is? Can they see the blessings that come when we are obedient? I pray that God will lead my heart into obedience and also the hearts of our children.
I am going to take the time today and in the days to come until it becomes everyday to truly listen to the Father and turn my heart toward obedience for Him.