1 Corinthians 10:11 – 13 “These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.”
Being a parent is one of the greatest joys I have ever known. It is such a blessing to watch my not-so-little guy (he is turning 13 in a few more weeks) grow up and learn new and exciting things. His eyes sparkle and his entire face lights up when he discovers something new. “WOW! Mom, would you look at this place?” were the first words he uttered when we went to Busch Gardens (a theme park in Williamsburg, VA) for the first time. “Oh yeah! I’m gonna go on all the water rides!” he confidently told his cousin as we walked through the gates. He had only heard about a few of the water rides from his friend next door – but he didn’t care. He was going to ride every one of them.
As I read the words of 1 Corinthians 10:11 – 13, the thought about our first trip to Busch Gardens came to mind. My son was confident about the water rides based on what he had heard from his friend. His friend had a good experience, so he just knew he would too – and he did. He enjoyed every one of the water rides…and a few others as well.
Just as easily as the Busch Gardens memory ran ran through my head, another thought popped in as well. It was of the dangers of the kitchen at dinner time. We learn at an early age not to touch a hot stove. Parents know of the “dangers” that lurked in the kitchen for little hands that don’t know better. I know mine did. Perhaps one my parents hands had touched a hot pot in their childhood and they didn’t want me to do the same. By touching a hot stove, they learned a very valuable lesson from a past experience.