“I’m writing this to you now so that when I come I won’t have to say another word on the subject. 2 Corinthians 13:10
In 2 Corinthians 13, Paul sent a letter to the Corinthians ahead of his visit to cut down on the time of going over expectations and checking on their faithfulness, which would give them more time to celebrate their progress.
As I am serving in the capacity of Granny Nanny this summer, once again I have authority over the activities of a five and six-year old boys. One of my young charges can read, and the other cannot. It might be easier to guide them along if I could write a check list of expectations for the day: Make your bed, put your dishes in the sink after you eat breakfast, brush your teeth, etc. Instead, I find myself repeating the same orders two or three times. When they fail to listen, I simply hang on to their iPod and iPad and take control of the TV remote control until they follow my instructions.
It is not my responsibility to “train up the child in the way he should go” but to protect my grandchildrent from harm and to keep some sense of order to the household. That’s what Paul wanted for the new Christians when he said, “Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourself regular checkups.” (vs. 5)
Thank you, Lord, for reminding us that the celebration follows a life of faithfulness. Amen.