Season 5, Episode 10 , “Men Will Be Boys”
Handing Over the Keys
“From now on you’ll be treated like men.”–Jonathan Garvey
There comes a time in every young man’s life when he’s ready to be treated like a man. It’s usually sooner than we parents expect and we are faced with teenagers who think they are prepared for life on their own.
When Albert and Andy started working like men, they wanted to be treated like men who could make their own decisions. My teenage son Tobey isn’t working yet, but since he started online learning he definitely would like to be in control of his school schedule. In fact, he’d love to skip the next three years of high school altogether and call it good.
We’re all a bit like Albert and Andy, and Tobey. We don’t want anyone telling us what we can or can’t do. Deciding for ourselves feels grownup—it feels like we have the steering wheel in our hands.
If I’ve learned anything over the past two weeks, it’s that none of us has control over anything. We have been told precisely what we can and can’t do. Regardless how each of us feels, we are forced to trust the leaders of our country as they navigate these strange times.
Only God knows what is going on. I believe His purpose in all this craziness will make sense one day in the far distant future. But for now, we trust in the One who cares for us completely. He is a good God who has been driving the world ever since the beginning of time. He can be trusted.
Albert and Andy come to realize that the only thing better than being treated like men is to be loved by their fathers. The greatest news of all-time is God sending His Son to die for us and making that relationship possible. It’s handing over the keys of your life. It’s taking a walk to the fishing hole with Father God and leaving the size of the catch entirely up to him.
Verses to Ponder
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 NIV
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:8-9 NASB
Questions to Act On
How do you try to control your life? Think of one area you can surrender to God.
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