On Friday’s a bunch of us free-write on a prompt for five minutes … stream of thought—no editing. Yep. Tough to do for a grammar Nazi such as myself. On Thursday nights, we start out with a Twitter party. As usual the #fmfparty was, a delight to be a part of.
I learned about a couple of new things floating around in the technosphere—at least they are new to me. 😉 The first is a thing called Voxer—apparently, it’s turns your device into a walkie-talkie? I need to check it out and see if it’s for me. The other very cool thing was TweetChat—a website that allows you to see your Twitter feed for a specific hashtag. When tweeting, it automatically attaches the hashtag for you. Very cool!
Here is today’s prompt:
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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
There is nothing like having teenagers in the house to remind yourself of the lessons you hoped you taught them. Some teens learn well from others … their parents, their teachers, and their friends. Others, however, have to learn on their own.
Experience is the best teacher. But it is also the toughest and delivers the toughest consequences. Sin is a driver, a demander.
But Jesus is gentle and humble and gives rest to us. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. (Not easy—but not burdensome with heavy consequences due to poor choices.)
Jesus told us to learn from Him! When we are weary and burdened from sin, He offers rest. We come to Him, connect with Him, and learn from Him. He is a gentle Teacher. And His gift is rest.
When I watch my teens living their lives and learning in the way that is most effective for them, I’m often challenged myself. I want them to learn from my experience and mistakes, or from the experience and mistakes of others. After all, that is wisdom.
But I look at myself, and see that sometimes I, too, choose to learn from my own life experience, rather than the experience of others.
Jesus gave us His life as an example and His Word to guide us. I’d rather learn from the Lord, rather than life. I pray my kids do the same.
What about you?