Thursday, January 18, 2007

Stacks ~ School ~ Mercy (Again and Again!)

Part of my job with TOS involves contests. That means that I am the one who draws the names out of our proverbial hat (really a box) and I get to notify the winners. It is a nice thing to be the bearer of good news. I then get to do the shipping of said prizes to the waiting winners. I shipped 20 packages today and will have more to go next week. I hope they bless the recipients! It is a relatively easy part of my job, but a nice part. Who doesn't like to be a winner of a contest? :+) If you get the magazine and you don't review for us, do enter! You never know, it could be me on the other end of the phone line congratulating you! :+)

This week has been a busy and somewhat difficult one. My son said to me this afternoon, "I don't want to do school today." He shared that since he did not desire to play a computer game he really didn't much feel like doing school. Good to know, son, good to know. I kept thinking, does he really think that all life revolves around whether you a) feel like doing something and b) a computer game as a reward?! We don't even offer that all that often. It made me laugh inside because he was just so matter-of-fact. I said that if he was not going to do school that he would not grow up to be smart enough to get a good job or to start his own business, or to become a pastor and raise a family. I asked him, "Don't you want to grow up and be like Daddy?" "Yes." he said, with a sweet smile. So he went back to his work. May God give him that desire every day.

Mercy has played a big role here this week. There have been conflicting wills and desires all around. It is no easy job homeschooling five children, training hearts, bending wills, making meals and doing the laundry! Who wants to do school, to really learn when there are so many other things to occupy one's mind? You know, I really do understand that. I do! I was not *so* motivated as a child that I jumped up every morning with a zeal to get to my math. Thankfully we are *still* learning--regardless of our struggles. We are learning so much!

Today we read in John, chapter 6, about Jesus being the bread of life. You know after he said that he lost many of his followers? It was too hard for them to understand. Jesus fills that empty void--that endless search for forgiveness that we seek every day of our lives until we find Him. It is He and He alone who can remove our burden--could have removed their burden too--yet they rejected him! After many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him Jesus asked the twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

"Lord, to whom shall we go?" To the only One who can give complete and total forgiveness, rest for the weary, and hope to the hopeless. We can know Him now and always--and so can you.


JenIG said...

well said! i love this post.


Marie said...

Down there in the trenches with you!

I didn't know your son wanted to be a pastor. . .how encouraging.