Right on Time.
I hate being late.
That said, I have a weird issue with being early. I’m not great at the awkward hanging around waiting for something to happen. So I hate being late, but I don’t want to be early either. I want to be right on time.
It’s difficult being me (imagine living with me!).
The good news? I’ve figured out how to be right on time – as long as I’m on my own. My problem with being right on time are the people I live with. Specifically, the 5 other people who live in my house and all have different views on being late, early or on time.
Some of my family have no issues with being late. Late is on time. Others want to be early. Early is on time. Then there is me…Mr. Right on Time.
You can imagine the struggles this creates going anywhere with more than just myself. I’m either fighting the “I’m okay with late” ones to get out the door, or I’m being pushed by the “I’m late if I’m less than 15 minutes early” ones.
The struggle is real because everyone’s vision of on time is different.
Is God ever late?
Have you ever wondered if God was late? Is God ever early? I think God is just like me (or my kids or my wife or you). He’s right one time.
There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.
This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. -1 Timothy 2:5-6
It may feel like God is late, or even occasionally early. He’s not. God is always right on time.
As a parent, be encouraged with this truth. God isn’t late. He’s not early. God is right on time with your kids.
The hardest part of parenting spiritually is we can’t control our kids “on time” experience with God. We can’t force our children to live the gospel (especially as they get older). We can’t make them see their need for Jesus. We can explain, share and encourage them in the truth. We can’t make them respond.
It’s a hard truth to swallow.
I was reminded of this struggle reading a two-part article on parenting as a Christian. The title alone will catch your eye – “How to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home”. I encourage you to take a moment and read them:
The big idea is clear, we can’t parent our children to be “good”, we must parent them to know Jesus. Which is a much harder job.
We’re forced on relying on God to be right on time.
Don’t worry. He always is.