Several months ago I got this great idea. Okay, it was not my idea but it was a great one.
On my way home one day from work I ran by Mardel to pick up a youth devotional book. I found a really great one by Josh McDowell and purchased it.
I was really excited to get started doing devotions with my two teen daughters. I imagined their excitement every evening as we got together to do a devotional.
“Daddy, are we going to do a devotion tonight?”
Maybe it works like that in the homes of other families but it does not work that way around here.
I am not complaining about my daughters. They are both amazing in their own ways. They are just normal teen girls, and they do not spend their days in anticipation of when I am going to gather us together to do a devotional. They do not flat out refuse; I can just tell it is not their foremost thought.
As a result our devotional time has been sporadic to say the least. The evenings get away from us for various reasons. Since it is summer there are sleep overs, youth outings and other activities that have us all going in different directions.
Last week I was sharing my frustration with our lack of devotional time with my wife, Julie. She said something very profound; I want to share it with you.
“James, trying matters.”
I sat back in my chair as a wave of God’s truth flowed over me.
I am so results oriented that I sometimes lose site of the simple truth that just getting up, and doing something has value. Even if my girls never initiate our time together. Even if they act like it is the furthest thing from their minds. The fact that I put some effort towards mentoring them, and attempting to build a deeper relationship with them has value in itself.
Not everything we do has to bring about amazing results overnight.
Sometimes the value in what we are doing is, we are trying.