This is my very first blog or even a attempt at a blog, so if I make mistakes please forgive me. I often have read others blogs as the provide detail after detail of what they are experiencing on a daily basis. However i decided that if I'm going to do a blog, I will chronicle my meetings with those of the world. This is in hope that it will inspire others to reach out to the world.
My first entry is about my own family. I have a son who is a wonderful young man. He's 19, on a football scholarship, 3.95 GPA, honors, awards. This holiday break, our family experience for the first time, my son's first attempt at manhood. He brought home his girlfriend. She stayed in our town a few days as he did the same with her family. This is where the problem begins. She is a smart and intelligent young lady, but she does not have a good relationship with God. My son, who we brought up in the church, claims to be in love, but has allowed her influence to affect his relationship with God as well. Now, I know the first re-action of many is to pray and as a minister, I cover all my children in the blood. But as a father it's had to not restrict from becoming a man but also wanting to say to him......This may not be the one. I thought of using my 20 year marriage as an example but my wife and I were married at an early age.
As life would have it, we finally had the dreaded conversation about his life and the direction it was moving. It was not good at all. We argued and argued. His point was parents needing to let go. My point was you are not thinking with your right mind. This went on for several days as nobody was willing to give ground. I finally had a conversation with my dad, who reminded me of Hebrew 12:2 "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame." But i like how the Message bible states this verse: Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
I begin our last conversation with peace in my heart and spoke of only Jesus with my son and at that moment the power of God reminded me of the prodical son and how he practice his speech of how he had sinned and was no longer worthy to be called Son. I also saw how the Father, though worried was standing there faithly waiting on the son's return. I witness how the Father forgave the son not because he said he was sorry but he saw the humble manner in the son's return. I too, had to forgive but more importantly accept my son's humble apology without condition. As we begin to speak from our hearts, I felt the Lord move into both our spirit and return to us peace.
Stay Blessed until we meet again.
Rev. C. Moore, Sr.