I found my six-year-old son’s wish list for Christmas and laughed when I saw he wanted a robot to do his homework for him.
As his mom, I know better. I know homework will help him, and will prepare him for the quizzes, tests and exams that will come. I love him too much to let him skip his homework because I know what is good for him.
Likewise Jesus knows what is good and beneficial for me. He’s the greatest teacher ever. He knows what lies ahead. He knows where I need testing. He knows that my “homework” is good for me, too. When I struggle with discipline, time management and listening, God is gracious to meet with me everyday to mold, teach, refine and train me. But, it is up to me to do my homework. It is up to me to study. It’s up to me to show up. I have to trust, and be willing to have my faith stretched. When I mess up, I have to be willing to try again. When I fall, I have to be willing to stand back up. When I want to move, I have to practice being still.