One of the biggest learning curves I faced as a new parent was the “you are never done if the child is awake” lesson. When the kids were little, our family trips typically involved a lot of driving, with toddlers in the back in their car seats, Phil driving, and me entertaining the kids the best I could from the front seat while making sure Phil was awake and focused. After a three-hour trip gets turned into a five-hour trip thanks to diaper changes, stretch breaks, and we’ve-got-to-stop-to-soothe-the-screaming-child-in-the-backseat breaks, parents are pretty exhausted by the time they get home. Of course, the kids have somehow taken a nap while the parents were driving, entertaining, and navigating, so they are ready to play with Mom and Dad. No one tells you that when you get home from such a drive and all you want is 20 minutes of peace, you have to get out of the car and immediately start parenting in the house instead of from the front seat. When you feel like you’ve done a great job of successfully traveling and getting home safely, there’s still more to do.
As Christians it is easy to begin to feel this way. We begin to feel that we have done enough to get by, that we’ve done enough to get into heaven. Society can lull us into thinking that we can earn our way into eternal life and there’s some kind of checklist that says when we’ve done enough. In reality, though, we can’t earn our way; Jesus took care of that for us. Which means we’re never done. Matthew 10:40-42 and Psalm 13 remind us that the righteous will continue to share their water and never stop trusting in God. I’ll see you on Sunday as we delve into what this means for our lives.