I am a firm believer that boys should run wild and free. I have two boys and a girl, and the way God designed boys different from girls is truly amazing. My boys are wild, and they love to run around like chickens with their heads cut off. Unfortunately, sometimes it is at the most inconvenient times. And no, I am not a mother that feeds my kids processed sugar, and juice. So sugar is not the issue. Yesterday on the way into Kroger, my son took off ahead, because he is my strong willed, free spirited one that loves to go buck wild. However, what happened this time was a little out of the norm.
A gentleman turned around and said, "You know they have leashes, right?" As he held out his hands like he was santa directing his sleigh. To which my response was, "They are not dogs." Let me apologize now for any parents who love their child leashes. I personally feel that leashes were made for dogs and that's the way they should stay. His response to my answer was, "they make human leashes." I understand that culture has made all sorts of things they put on the market, however that doesn't mean I should be using them. Shall I go on to give examples?
Our culture has become obsessed with the idea of quiet still obedient children. I am sorry but children were never meant to be quiet and still. Just the other day at a restaurant a lady told me how well behaved me children are. I was thinking, this isn't normal. They are usually a little more themselves and crazy, throwing food, fighting, and crying. Would she have told me that on a normal day? Probably not. I think the same goes for christianity today.
Our culture defines christians as close minded, religious, bible throwing, obedient humans on leashes. God never meant for his people to be on leashes. Jesus drank and ate with sinners. Had His master had Him on a leash, He probably would not of been eating with sinners. The Pharisees spent most of their time trying to put Jesus on a leash with all their rules, and regulations. They had their minds set on how christians should or shouldn't act, and what the Messiah should look and act like.
One of my favorite disciples is Peter. He defines wild and free. I mean come on, any man jumping out of a boat to walk on water to Jesus is a little more wild and free than the others. Or the time Jesus was on shore and Peter jumped out of the boat to swim to shore. He could have just waited in the boat and road to shore with the rest. But, Peter was a little more wild and free. My favorite story of all, is when the soldiers came to take Jesus away, and Peter drew his sword and cut off one of their ears. I love this story, because I can relate. I am a little more of a fire cracker, and that so would have been me. He probably didn't even think about it, it was one of those acts that just came out like second nature.
Please hear me out here. I am not talking about being wild and free in sin. But what I am saying is this. When it comes to christianity, and being followers of Christ we need to put the leashes down. Stop throwing out religious rules and regulations. Christians were never meant to stay in the boat, and stay safe. This journey is a rough ride, and if we are going to stay on a leash and not venture out to Jesus, and be willing to fight off the enemy, then we won't survive.
My children don't need a leash. They need to run wild and free with the boundaries I set for their safety. They need to fall and make mistakes. Mistakes are how we learn and grow. Throwing rules and regulations at them, will only hinder them from growth and grace. God has boundaries He put in place for a reason. They are to protect our hearts, minds, and spirits. But after that, He says "Come to me." He wants us to get out of our little bubbles of protection on a boat and get wild and free.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor