As I sat down to write the May newsletter article the game;, Mother, May I came to my mind. Do you remember playing Mother, May I? To play the game the “Mother, Father or Captain” would position themselves on one end of a room or area and all the players or children would be on the other. The object was to be the first to get close enough to touch Mother, Father or the Captain. So children would ask questions like, “Mother, may I take 5 giant steps forward?”. Mother or Father would answer yes or No.
Throughout my life I seemed to be asking my parents for permission: Can I go? Can they spend the night over? Can I borrow the car? Can I buy a car? The list is endless, isn’t it? My Mom & Dad wanted to give me everything, but not everything I wanted was good for me. Thanks be to God I had parents that knew how to say “No” at the appropriate times. Now that Mom & Dad have gone on before me, I wish I had been a better listener. I wish I had honored them more than I did. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my folks and they clearly loved me, but I could have been better. That’s what I’m saying.
May brings Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is just around the corner… why not spend a little extra time with your family this month? Everyone should try to figure out a good way to honor one another? Did you know there are scriptures that come with a blessing in the Bible? One example is found in the book of Ephesians.
In Ephesians, Paul wrote this scripture that is originally from the Old Testament and from some of Jesus’ quotes in the New Testament. Not only does he teach with the scripture, but Paul tells us if we follow it, it comes with a promise. Ephesians 6.1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Sounds like a great deal to me, what do you think?
Have you ever played “Father, May I?” with God? What kinds of questions do we ask as we play out our Christian life with God?
Father, May I?
Do a better job praying to you?
Be empowered to speak to that person at work that seems so stressed?
Slack off from using my talents for the Body of Christ, the Church?
For a season, may I bask in your loving arms as you take care of me physically, emotionally or spiritually?
May I have more grace?
Have your help so I might be more patient?
Do a better job of honoring you?
Sometimes during the game of “Mother, May I”, children might slip and ask, “Can I?” instead of “May I?” Depending on whose house we were playing at, asking “Can I?” instead of “May I” brought serious repercussions. “Can I?” typically signals “do I have the ability”. “May I” typically is “about seeking permission”. Sometimes in life we may have the ability, but it doesn’t mean we have the permission. I think sometimes it is that way in our interactions with God. We, as humans, have abilities, but it doesn’t mean God has given us permission to do something or act a certain way. I guess the bottom line is by honoring our parents we were in line for a longer and more blessed life. Isn’t it that way with God too? The more we honor God and seek his permission and favor, we will become closer and closer to God and our lives will be “better”!!!
Thanks for your loving thoughts and prayers as I battled physically these last few months.
PK & Marlene