If Jesus had a FaceBook…..

Scrolling through FaceBook this morning, I just had to shake my head a little. Some people had one post praising Jesus and in the next talking about “Turning up this weekend”. After scrolling a little more, I see a post that says I have to share this picture of Jesus to be blessed. Then another where I will be denying Jesus if I do not share. It just got me to thinking what would happen if I didn’t share and tag 10 of my friends? Am I going to all of sudden have worse luck than I already do? I didn’t share the other one, so I guess I must not be blessed anymore. Funny, I haven’t found that part in the Bible yet. Gonna have to make a point to ask Charles about that in Bible Study Wednesday.

The people who in their posts of partying Jesus on Friday and Saturday and then praising the Lord on Sunday made me just want to pray for them. Looking back on my TimeHop, I can see where I had times like those. Almost as if you are in a battle of self. You want to good so that you get that foot into heaven. Yet, you want to drink and dance it up with the band on weekends. Maybe it is just older age, stronger faith or more knowledge in the Word that makes me question this.

After scrolling more, I realize it wasn’t just that young girl. There were older people posting that they needed prayers for the headache they had from the night of partying before. But this all just gets me to one question? If Jesus had a FaceBook would you send him a friend request? Would you accept a friend request from him? Would you think that by sharing a picture of him that you are golden in his eyes? Would you be ashamed of that picture you posted with the foul language and funny saying about what Monday can do with itself? What about that pic with the hand gesture? Or maybe that one pic where you are posing for a selfie in your underwear?

I know I am not perfect but I try my best everyday to do the right things, study my bible, pray and thank him. Gonna ask though if I have lost my spot in heaven for not sharing a picture. And by the way, the only bad thing that has happened to me today since not sharing a picture with ten of my friends was a stumped toe when running to answer the phone. Was it bad luck for not reposting or just a poorly placed chair? I am not sure what it was but sharing what I learned in church Sunday with the person on the other end of the call made it better!

P.S. I will not be sharing the pictures of Jesus for luck, but I will talk to you about him anytime for your salvation!

Friend Request - Jesus

How I failed my children

Yes, I the smothering Mother have failed my children! I have been wrestling with the regret of this and the guilt. How have I failed them you ask? I failed to make sure that my children grew up in the church. Yes, I have taught them about Jesus, God and read them all the stories. But where I failed was to take them to church every time the doors were open. I failed to give them the opportunity to hear the message from the pulpit. I failed to give them an altar to pray at. I failed to give them the chance to fellowship with other Christians.

Not only have I failed my children, but I have failed God. It says it clearly in the Bible:

  • Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
  • And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sitteth in thine house, and when thou walkest by¬† the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7
  • And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

There are many more that I could list. It says it repeatedly, teach your children, nurture your children and give them the instruction of the Lord. No where does it say just read them a Bible story at bedtime. Or stick them on the church bus to go to a vacation bible school one week out of the year. Nor does it say, take them when you feel like it or at the holidays. No it says that with diligence I am to instruct them.

I am very thankful that along the way in my children’s lives God has placed people in their path that have taught them better than I. I am glad that he brought people in their lives that taught them about salvation and led them there. The greatest gift I could teach my children in life, their salvation, I failed to it. Let me tell you, it is hard and painful admitting you failed your children. All that I have ever taught them in life means nothing compared to that. It is also very shameful to have to get on your knees and ask God to forgive you for not only failing your children but his. I have many times went and sat by my son’s headstone and asked for his forgiveness too. My children still with me know that I am truly sorry for failing them.

Now, how do I correct this bad pattern? We now attend church every time the door is open. I make sure the children know every Sunday. They are 17 & 20 so the habit of sleeping late and having a free Sunday has to be broken. I cannot force them to go. However, they do live in my house so it will now be a requirement. If I have to drag them DILIGENTLY until they go willingly, that is what I will do. I may have failed them in the younger years, but I will not fail them now. Nor will I let the pattern repeat itself when they have children.

I have failed. I have asked for forgiveness. I have been forgiven. And now I will not fail again.