“Dad… Don’t Worry!”

There is a difference between counseling someone who is trying to make a decision and being the one making a decision.  The former is relatively easy, the latter can be tough!  Giving advice is like drinking water, anyone can do it.  Making a decision… and living with the consequences… can be daunting to say the least (Including preachers!).

My son Britton was listening last night as my wife and I were talking about making a decision.  I decided to let the veil down and allow my son to hear his dad struggle with the emotions and questions that come with working through those kind of situations.  This morning I had a text from my son… sent at 1:14 AM… and here’s what he sent me:

Scriptures that talk about how no matter what we want, decide, or plan… God directs our life in His will…

Proverbs 21:1, The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever he will.

Jeremiah 10:23, I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Proverbs 16:9, The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

Isaiah 14:27, For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it?  His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?

Proverbs 20:24, A man’s steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way?

Proverbs 19:21, Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

I love it when my kids are “getting it!”  I love it when they exhibit spiritual maturity.  I love it when their first thought is to go to the Scripture.  That was my son’s way of saying, “Dad… Don’t Worry!”  He is right…

Now… I’m going to go meditate upon a few Scriptures after thanking God for my kids. 

Britton… thank you buddy!


8 comments on ““Dad… Don’t Worry!”

  1. Margaret Hall says:

    That sweet Britton …you now know your life’s work of raising these children is paying off in a very rewarding way. I am so proud of tht good looking youngster.

  2. Melody Ray says:

    You go B. You the man and I do mean man. Such maturity…..

  3. Betty Shotts says:

    What a wonderful son you have. You and your wife have certainly raised him in the
    eyes of the Lord. Children can see things that we don’t, however God knows.
    Have a blessed day.

  4. Duke says:

    Dr. Ekridge, your boys and girl have been “getting it” for a long time because that “veil” you thought you let down has actually been rather transparent all these years. Great word.

  5. Lynn McIntosh says:

    awww, what a precious moment!

  6. Faye Ethridge says:

    After spending several days with Bitton this past week this post does not surprise me. We had some special times studying God’s word, praying and sharing thoughts about scripture. Our morning and evening devotionals were sweet and precious times together. Ron you and Pam have taught and lived out your faith in front of your children and their lives are a testimony to that fact. This Grandmother’s heart is full to over flowing right now!! Britton, you are an awesome young man! Follow your dream!

  7. Joanna Edwards says:

    Very moved after reading what Britton shared with you. You guys are still in my thoughts and prayers!

  8. Peggy Holder says:

    Beautiful!!! Absolutely beautiful!!! I know you are so proudof your son. Thanks for sharing this blog, which I intend to share with one of my sons and his family who are struggling over a decision they have made. May God bless you and keep these blogs coming.

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