Jesus said, "What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Matthew 17:17 (TM)
Come over to our house and you’ll usually find a giant pile of shoes just inside our back door. Be careful. Don’t trip. Oh and be careful if you go upstairs, too. There are piles of "stuff" on the steps. Please, ignore the dirty dishes in the sink and on the counter.
I can’t tell you how many times we’ve asked our teenagers to pick up their shoes, take the "stuff" off the steps and up to their rooms, and to put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. We’ve asked them politely. We’ve told them. We’ve chided them in mock scolding. We’ve written it on chore sheets. We’ve even deducted money from their allowance for not doing it. Things may get better for a day or two, but soon the cycle starts all over again.
Parenting teenagers can be a frustrating task. When I read Jesus’ words to Peter and the boys this morning, I couldn’t help thinking that those same words have flitted through my brain and have been muttered under my breath when I find that the scissors have mysteriously disappeared from my office only to be found on the floor in my child’s bedroom. The scissors that say, "Do not remove from Dad’s office" in permanent marker on the handle.
"How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this?"
It’s easy for me to get frustrated with my teenage daughters. Yet, I wonder what teenager-like behaviors in my adult life leave God muttering under his breath.