Yesterday morning my son Joshua, 5, hit me with a a newly found nugget of wisdom he learned from his dentist 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 is good for you and that we should 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 to 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. I will say that 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 verse that was in our Ask God Project Devotional yesterday out of Psalm 138:3 that 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 that as soon as we pray, He answers us. We may not get what we ask for but what He does give us is 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