I must hear that question at least 12 times a day. I am a stay at home dad.
Since we launched Revive Church I work from home. I love it and to be honest at times I love it less. I am amazed on how my kids have to know what we are going to do today. I don’t know if it’s just mine or it’s like this all over, but man, if deviate from one thing I said we are going to do. You would think I kicked them both in the head…They hate it.
So in the morning when they wake up…”dad, what are we going to do today?” after breakfast…”So, ummmm dad. What are we going to do today?” After snack…”Soooooo, dad…We were wondering what we are going to do today?”
On and On…everyday. Then it occurred to me and maybe it’s because I am a “glass half full” kinda guy, but it hit me.
I think they are looking to see if what we do is actually what I said we were going to do. It’s like they are fact checking me, but also that reminder of “oh yeah, dad said we are going to do this and do that.” Something in them that drives them to ask…”Dad, are you going to do what you said you are going to do.”
I find my prayers have been drifting in that area. Doubt, fear, unease…it’s all there at times. Then God brings back reminders, confirmations through his word:
2 Peter 1:4
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
So when I put them to bed last night and gave them a kiss, without fail the boy asks…
“SO WHAT ARE WE DOING TOMORROW DAD?”