The Bottom Line (10 of 10) by M. Kenneth Lyon

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The Bottom Line (10 of 10)
Series: Taking Control of Your Life
M. Kenneth Lyon
Matthew 22:36-40; Matthew 28:19-20
September 12, 1999

Any of you who are parents or grandparents know that children can ask the most amazing questions, questions that are beyond being answered by "Well, I'd rather have blue instead of green" or "I'd rather have my eggs scrambled or over-easy." They always ask questions that are difficult to answer in ways that can connect with their levels of understanding. When our son Josh was about three, he went with me to my office one afternoon. We were going to have some Daddy/son time and go out and play, get some ice cream, do all the neat things that Daddy's and sons can do together or Daddy's and daughters or Moms and sons or Moms and daughters. Get all those in there. And while I'm in the office, a 3-year old's view and perspective is very different from an adult's. So he was seeing all this neat stuff in my office and he was asking questions. Now I had already answered, oh about 8-9-thousand questions with great patience and diligence. When Josh suddenly stopped, as if he'd thought very deeply, said to me, "Daddy, what do you do?" And I just kinda lost it. There was no way I could explain this to him in any way that he could possibly connect, so I said in some frustration and exasperation, "Josh, I don't do anything. I do nothin' all day long." I could see the wheels turning. He said, "Daddy, how do you know when you're done?" Sometimes we're clearly outmatched and we just capitulate and just give in and, man, go get the donuts and all that.

Questions. Sometimes there are substantial questions that deserve our very best answer, not a flippant answer, not just a blow-it-off kind of answer, not just a pass-it-by kind of answer but a very important kind of answer because the answer to the question is going to impact persons' lives and futures and destinies. So it was when a crowd gathered with Jesus. He had been teaching. He was k ...


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