“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”(Psalm 139:23-24) That is one powerful prayer that David prayed. I’ll admit that much of my prayers consist of me lifting up the names of those who are sick or grieving. I also pray for the church and our leaders, my wife and kids as well. These are all fine to mention in prayer to God but if I’m honest, when I get personal with God it tends to be about asking Him to take care of this or that in my life. All of that to say, I don’t know that I put myself out in the open in prayer before God like David did. David is putting his whole self out there when he asks God to search his heart to see if there is anything offensive. David is wanting God to find and cleanse any impurity within his life. You and I can hide things in our lives from one another but not from God. David wants to be all in for God with no offenses standing between him and his relationship with God. David’s desire is a right heart in right standing with God and for God to lead him in His ways. Are you comfortable praying that prayer to God? Are you willing for God to search your heart? Are you keeping something offensive to God hidden in your life that hinders your relationship with Him? Ask God to search your heart and to lead you in the way everlasting.
Dad’s love teaching their kids new things. I can’t think of a greater thrill than teaching my kid’s how to fish, how to ride a bike or catch a ball. I loved being part of teaching them something new for the first time. The excitement on their face when they caught their first fish or rode their bike without help for the first time was priceless. Dads are constantly teaching their children. Kid’s watch their dads wanting to be just like him. With those little eyes seemingly always invading dad’s privacy, he must watch his words and his actions. Dads are always teaching, even when they don’t realize it. The best thing every day can teach his kids is how to be a Christian. Sure that teaching will require some Bible study at times. It will also require dad to live a faithful Christian life in front of his children. Dad can point his kids to the Scriptures all day but if they don’t see dad living it out in his life it want make a difference to them. Dads, make it a priority to teach your children things that will make an eternal impact on their lives. “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”(Eph.6:4)
Recently I watched a High School State Tournament baseball game where winner of the game would play the defending state champs the next day. One team puts their ace pitcher on the mound while the other saves their best pitcher for the next day’s game, assuming they will win the first game. So one team is playing for today, this game they’re in right now. The other team is playing and planning for tomorrow’s game which won’t even take place if they don’t win. The team that pitched their ace pitcher won the game. Their focus was on today’s game knowing that tomorrow’s game is no guarantee. That same principle applies to our daily lives. We plan and prepare for tomorrow and the truth is tomorrow is not guaranteed. “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”(Jas.4:13-14) This life is short and there are no guarantees for tomorrow. We must take one day at a time and live each day for the Lord. “Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”(Jas.4:15)