I think back on times I did things that made my parents proud and smile, I think of times I disappointed and hang my head in shame. I think on my kids and similar situations with them, pride, frustration, hurt when they did not do as they should. But, there is always hope.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
I know my mother held firm to this verse. I have talked about that before. I hang to it as well in regards to my children. But, I also think how my folks felt when they saw me making wrong decisions, or if not blatantly wrong, just not the right choice. Seeing someone you care about make mistakes in their life, for whatever reason they feel they make the choices they do is painful. And, trying to help them see and understand causes frustration for the one you are trying to help as well as yourself. They get defensive and refuse to listen. Now, I must admit, this has been me at times. When I realized I was wrong, instead of admitting to that, I got defensive, tried to talk more, or louder so that whoever else couldn’t, or I just went off to another room. I caused them pain when I behaved this way.
I have felt the pain that I have caused others as well, that of a loved one that for various reasons chooses to not only disregard my thoughts and feelings, but to turn a deaf ear and continue to make mistakes. Of course, this is all the more frustrating if I believe they know what would be the best choice. All one can do in such a situation is pray for God to work on that person, show them the truth and hope they listen to Christ.
While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. Hebrews 3:15
So, I pray that the Lord will speak to my family and loved ones, those who will not listen and turn their backs from Him and His words, open their hearts and help them become receptive of your guidance. That they learn to listen for that soft voice that tells them what is right for them, that they seek Him and His heart. His plans for them. Speak to my heart that I hear your voice and not harden my heart when you speak to me. That I listen, understand and obey, regardless of the best intended, but misguided people that think they help me.
Thanks again for your time. I pray these words speak to someone and provide some blessing as I was blessed learning of His plan for me when I stopped and listened to Christ. Please share this freely if you feel it will be of any benefit to anyone.