Who's the Boss?
"If you love me, you will obey me." ~ Jesus (John 14:15 NLT)
While my wife and I have not fostered for a few years, we have fostered a total of 27 different children. The last of those two children were twin four year-old boys.
Before they arrived, we were given quite a “rap sheet” on them. Some of the highlights included getting kicked out of their pre-school because they were "uncontrollable," being holy-terrors for their first foster family, throwing things, kicking, biting, and other fun stuff.
My wife and I were not going to have any of that, so we quickly instituted the “Who’s the Boss?!?” policy.
Whenever the boys were disobedient, we sat them in time-out and stayed with them until they could answer one question correctly, “Who’s the boss?” When they could clearly state we were the boss, we left them in time-out to cool off and learn a lesson.
One time, after a disobedient episode, my wife placed one of the boys on the sofa and asked him, “Who’s the boss?”
With tears streaming and arms flailing, he collapsed onto the sofa crying, “You are!”
Why do I bring this up? Because, in my honest moments, this is exactly how I picture myself as I struggle to see God as boss.
How about you? Are you with me?
If so, then we both need to continually remind ourselves of this one thing. Life is best lived when God is in control and not us.
For my two four-year old foster kids, after a few months they were genuinely sweet kids who were finding life, outside of time-out, was a whole lot of fun!