Following Jesus

Sometimes it seems like the Bible doesn’t have answers to important questions. What school should I go to? What job should I take? Where should I live? I know I have fallen into the trap of desperately seeking from God an answer about which path to take. Why is it a trap? Because we are seeking a path to follow, a destination to get to, instead of seeking the One we’re supposed to follow. The things that seem so important aren’t always as important as we make them out to be. What is important is keeping your eyes on Jesus and seeking Him.

Of course, everything is more complicated with kids. We want them to make goals, plan a path to get there, work towards it. But to do it apart from looking to Jesus isn’t the way to go about it. We look to Jesus and do what He has before us until He shows us something else, leads a different way. We need to hold all the plans and goals lightly as we follow One who can move as the wind blows, or as CS Lewis puts it, “He’s not a tame lion.” He may not lead them down smooth, well-defined trails that we’re comfortable with. We need to allow our kids to follow and trust God to lead.

How are you teaching your kids to follow Jesus, to keep their eyes on Him? Do you trust God to lead them or do you have fears about where He might lead?

Sister Post on Life in Christ – Christ in Me

Diagnosis

We’ve gone through meeting after meeting about an autism diagnosis for three of my six children. Two have received a diagnosis. The other is under the heading, “not ruled out.” He’s the youngest. We didn’t notice it in the others until they were around eleven. He’s just five.

We didn’t take my daughter to be evaluated until she was 17. I didn’t want a diagnosis, but she was happy to get it. To her it meant that nothing was wrong with her; it was just who she was.

So, we moved ahead with my thirteen year old. I felt like my daughter took on more characteristics of autism after her diagnosis, but she explains she just stopped trying to hold it in, like flapping her hands. She feels freer now, which makes me happy, even if some of it makes others less comfortable. She used to just keep quiet, but now she’s finding her voice and putting herself out there.

I tell her all the time I’m proud of her, because I am. She works so hard at life, and she’s succeeding.

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This is one of her paintings. She’s a sophomore in college on a full scholarship. This is her online gallery.