As she dropped off her daughter at high school in the movie ‘Freaky Friday’, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis delivers the famous mom-line “Make good choices!” That screenwriter’s pearl of parental wisdom always makes me giggle.
Why do we parent’s make such “cliché stay-strong” statements to our kids when temporarily departed from the nest? Well, I’d say first and most importantly… because we love them. Next, because they are still young and, as science has proven, the under-developed choices department of the brain is “under major construction” at this point in life. And thirdly, because we were once there ourselves. We say it even though we know they are hearing the teacher’s voice from ‘Charlie Brown,’ saying Wah,Wah, Wahhhh.
Meanwhile, as we share our wisdom we need to remember that we are never too old or too smart to NOT be “under construction”. My years have shown me that the more I learn the more I realize how little I know (Socrates) and when I think I’ve seen it all, … I am again amazed. Just because someone may look like they have it all together, doesn’t mean they do. We are always learning and growing as life and changing times challenge us. So we adults must be diligent to take our own advice and carefully, mae good choices ourselves. Especially because these little and not so little birds are still watching and learning from our example. (Also, those neighbor birds, co-worker birds, grocery store birds and people stuck in traffic birds.)
As we are wrapping up week one of construction, I’m reminded of the importance of a qualified, honest contractor who knows what it takes to make sure their work on our nest is solid and lasting. What would it look like if we had “pretend” construction workers who only looked the part? (I would say, “messy nest” at the very least!) You need experts to do it right. Our spiritual foundation must be solid as well. If your “subflooring” is squeaky or unstable, anything you put on top of it may look good for a while, but it too will become squeaky and unstable. Without a sturdy base, we are in danger. Not tending to it, only puts off damage down the road.
If something is squeaky or unstable in your life, a good choice would be to stop putting off addressing it. Jesus, the Jewish carpenter from Nazareth made and fixed things in his early years. When he went on to ministry, he continued by “fixing” and healing people. Ask him to be your personal contractor. He will dust you off, pull up the old wood, and rebuild you wherever necessary. He will make you better and stronger than before! This week, make good choices and choose to be fixed, healed and strengthened.
Here is a prayer for healing:
“Lord Jesus, heal me. Heal in me whatever you see needs healing. Heal me of whatever might separate me from you. Heal my memory, heal my heart, heal my emotions, heal my spirit, heal my body, heal my soul. Lay your hands gently upon me and heal me through your love for me. Amen.” Anon
“God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith.” Joel 2:25
“O Lord my God, I called you for help and you healed me.” Psalm 30:2.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27
“Kid’s don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” Jim Henson
“If you believe in nothing, you fall for anything.” Anon.