Not too long ago I asked my five-year-old Chickadee to clean up in her room a bit.
"I will, Mommy, but first can I have a drink?"
"Okay, Mommy, but I need to go potty first."
"Allllright, I'll do it right after I finish playing."
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
New International Version
"My child, take a moment and invest in that person's life."
"But Lord, I'm late. I've got to get to the school and pick up the kids."
"Go and join in your daughter's tea party."
"God, I will, but have you seen this house? The laundry, the dishes..."
"Come and read the words I have for you today."
"Of course, but I'm just so tired. Let me just sit down for a minute."
I want to do all of those things. I want to obey Him. And spend time with Him.
But so often I want to do it on my terms.