Have you seen “1001 Rules for My Unborn Son,” by Walker Lamond? If not, check it out; it’s worth many a smile. Here’s a couple of my favorites:
- Drive across the country. Don’t rush.
- If you make a mistake, forgive yourself and move on.
- Have a favorite song. It doesn’t have to be hip. (The best ones never are.)
Of course his rules aren’t all good. For example, he says, “Men should not wear sandals. Ever.” Or, “Men with facial hair have something to hide.” Walker apparently hasn’t met some the men I know…
Here’s a rule I’d add to the list:
- Look for God on your own terms; when you find Him, get to know Him on His terms.
Look for God on your own terms, because you can’t borrow or use someone else’s faith, not even your parents’. Real faith grows from a fertilizer of healthy doubts. Like an extension ladder, you need to check it and shake it before you get on. If you only rely on what “they say,” you haven’t done that. And, trust me on this: God can handle the quirky terms you have. If you are really looking for Him, He will find you.
But when you do find Him, you’ll know it because you will be absolutely awestruck by His majesty and authority, His perfect goodness and love. His invitation for you to get to know Him is thus logically accepted on His terms. We do not dictate terms of surrender to Almighty God. His terms are excruciatingly costly – you cannot afford them – and yet have already paid in full by His Son, Jesus. Amazing Grace! You already know the story. Now go check it out on your own and see if it is true.