"Kicking the Can Down the Road"

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Psalm 3:5, 6

     Have you ever received one of those forwarded e-mails when the author of the e-mail takes you back in the time where children played without fear and structure in their lives? You know, “the remember when” or “those were the good old days” type of e-mails.
     In the after thought of yet another tragedy at one of our schools in our nation, we want to try to fix the problem. Some want to regulate who can have guns or who can’t have. Some think that according to the second amendment of the U.S Constitution that we have a right to own guns.
     Yes, we are trying to fix our problem by saddling our ourselves and our children with more laws and regulations, and we are not putting our trust in God. Rather than letting our children be children, we want to smother them with protection. We want our children to be the best that they can be in both academics and sports by pressuring the child to work harder at their task.
     Why not allow the child to kick the can down the road? Why not allow the child to explore, to be creative, or just to do nothing on one of those lazy, hot summer days or any day?
     Kicking the can down the road has been duped as a negative connotation in the news this past year, as the congressional leaders in our nation are not really doing anything. The phrase, however, has a lot of power in the mind of a child. When a child is doing such an act as this, he or she is really expanding his or her mind with imagination and exploring.

     Be aware of what might come next. That child may come up with some great idea that can turn the world upside down.
     We adults need to trust in the Lord more and less on how to fix things; then maybe we wouldn’t have to lock our children inside our schools or have an armed guard at the front door.
     Proverbs gives us a lot of instructions in a soft spoken tone on this very subject. Take time to read it and may God be with you always.

Pastor Vaughn Loose