Today, God brought Bryson to mind. Not just Bryson, but an attitude he possesses, even as a young child. One I personally, find admirable.
This past week, Breanne was talking to Bryson about songs and what types of songs he was listening to. Bryson is an open book. He doesn’t mind if his mom asks him about what he is listening to. He doesn’t complain if she wants to know what he is doing online. He knows she loves him and is protecting him.
He patiently told Breanne what song he was listening to and where he first heard it.
He ended the conversation with, “but if you don’t want me listening to it, I won’t listen to it. Whatever you say is fine with me.”
I was taken back to the first time I heard him answer in this manner.
When he was ten years old, a new video game had come out that all his friends were talking about and playing. One day, Breanne was talking to me and brought up this game. I responded with “oh, yes, Bryson mentioned that game.”
She immediately said, “oh no, he is not playing that game. People are getting hurt, driving around and playing that game.”
“Does Bryson know about people getting hurt?” I asked.
She answered, “I don’t know.”
I called Bryson into the room and had Breanne explain the dangers to him. To which he responded, “but Mom, I don’t drive, I will be playing from home, I can’t get hurt.” His mom continued to say, “no, you are not playing that game.”
Bryson’s response to his mom struck my spirit that day and has remained with me every day since. It often comes to mind.
His response was, “if you say I shouldn’t be doing it, that’s good enough for me. I won’t be doing it.”
The wisdom that came from that boy that day astounded me.
If you say I shouldn’t be doing it, that’s good enough for me, I won’t be doing it.
What wisdom! If we could all look at the word of God like this young boy. If we would only decide and declare…God if You say I shouldn’t be doing this or if You say I should be doing this, that is good enough for me, I will only do what You say.
I know God loves His us even more than we love our own children. He proved it at the cross. He loved us so much He gave His only Son. He took care of everything we will ever need through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Every point of redemption was covered at the cross. Jesus totally and completely redeemed us, once and for all. Our part is to follow God’s word and God’s ways.
Everything you will ever need is covered in the word of God. In other words, you will find every answer you could ever need in the word of God. His word is alive and full of power. His word, when applied, can change every aspect of your life. It may not happen quickly, or overnight, but if you continue to read His word, obey His word and walk in His word, it will change everything around you. It will change every situation it is applied to.
The bible tells us to come to God as little children. Mark 10:15 says; Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
This tells me that we must believe God has our best interest at heart when He tells us to do things a certain way. Like Bryson, we need to trust Him enough to simply obey.
Jeremiah 29:11 says; For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God’s thoughts toward us are for good. ONLY for good. All His instruction is with loving intentions. That we will enjoy peace and an abundant future filled with hope. His instructions and principles are not to control us or to keep us from enjoying life. Quite the opposite! Jesus died that we might have and enjoy life. To the fullest and until it overflows!
God’s part is to reveal to us His ways. His part is to lead us and instruct us in the way to have the abundant life Jesus died to give us.
Our first part is to dig into His word for that instruction. Our second part is to do what He says. To do what His word says to do. And to not do what His word forbids us to do. Our part is to say with complete persuasion, “God, whatever You say, that is good enough for me, I will obey You.” That, my friend, is an ultimate form of trust.
“Trust and Obey….it’s God’s way.” KP