Whatever age our kids are, we desperately want to protect them. When they are little and we look over on the playground and see them falling and get there a split-second too late to keep them from hitting their head or we find out when they are adults, they have walked through something you had no idea the depth to which they were suffering, you can feel horribly helpless.
My wife and I have prayed one consistent prayer for both our now adult sons all their lives: It doesn’t matter what they do for a living, Lord, please just let them follow you with their lives.
We all at some point, even as adults, have to answer these questions: 1-Am I going to believe in Jesus for myself? and 2-Do I have my own relationship with Him?
Inheritance or osmosis are not options in Christianity and it can take awhile to sift that out.
Our oldest son, Rhett, walked through this journey for himself over the past 2 years. I want to share one of his recent Instagram posts with you.
“Today I am One Year Sober. I have not had a sip of alcohol in 365 days. I’ll forever remember April 2nd. I was an alcoholic and alcoholism was on a warpath to destroy my life and I was not fighting against it at all. I was on my deathbed. But Christ truly reached into the pit of what I had chosen and lifted me out. I saw hope for the first time in years. This victory in my humanity is completely Jesus. His strength, His grace, and His forgiveness saved my life. I can 100% tell you that I would not have made it much longer how I was living. It is only by Christ that I am still alive. I am more focused than I have ever been in my life. I am strong in my purpose because I submitted to the sacrifice required here on earth to become the warrior God put me here to be. No more death. No more passivity. No more hopelessness. No more victimization. No more addiction. I have been called to and have Free Life. I share this with you because God has this same story of victory for you in your life in whatever you may be fighting against. There is hope. There is freedom. You must only surrender and sacrifice. Then you can fight like the warrior you have always been.”
You can see it for yourself here.
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—my father’s God, and I will exalt him! The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is his name! —Exodus 15:2-3 NLT