Yesterday morning my son Joshua (who is 5) hit me with a a newly found nugget of wisdom from his dental appointment on Wednesday. He looked at me and said, “Daddy, you know that flossing makes you live longer.”
At first I was a little puzzled that you could make such a bold claim about flossing, but as I began to think about it, I realized that flossing does help prevent gum disease which can cause death. The fact is, I don’t think anyone would argue that flossing isn’t good for you and that we shouldn’t do it every day.
Mentally, I know that truth. However, I must confess I rarely remember to floss (I do brush my teeth, so don’t get too freaked out). His statement definitely convicted me. I realized that I know that his statement is true and I’m simply sweeping it under the rug and not acting on it. So I most definitely flossed yesterday and plan on making it a new habit, thanks to my son.
What are the simple truths and promises that God has given us that we know in our ‘heads’ but are not really living and practicing in our lives?
What about prayer? I love the line out of Psalm 138:3 that was in our Ask God Project Devotional yesterday. It says,
‘As soon as I pray, You answer me; You encourage me by giving me strength.’
How many times do I fret, worry, grumble, and complain about my circumstances or situation and forget to truly and honestly take it to God in prayer? What a great promise: as soon as we pray, He answers us. We may not get what we ask for, but what He does give us in that moment is strength to face everything that comes our way. As Lindsey wrote yesterday, He is directing our ulitmate path and life and He will give us the strength we need today.
All we have to do is ask.