Take a moment and read a portion of the lyrics below from the Harry Chapin song, “Cats in the Cradle”.
My child arrived just the other day, He came to the world in the usual way but there were planes to catch, and bills to pay. He learned to walk while I was away and he was talking ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew, He’d say “I’m gonna be like you, dad” “You know I’m gonna be like you”.
My son turned ten just the other day, He said, thanks for the ball, dad, come on let’s play. Can you teach me to throw, I said, not today I got a lot to do, he said, that’s okay, And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed. It said, I’m gonna be like him, yeah. You know I’m gonna be like him.
Fast-forwarding to the end of the song… And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me, He’d grown up just like me. My boy was just like me. And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon. Little boy blue and the man in the moon. “When you coming home, son?” “I don’t know when” But we’ll get together then, dad. We’re gonna have a good time then
Sad right? This song was actually a poem written by Harry Chapin’s wife about her first husband and his father. Since the song was written in 1972, it seems like this lifestyle has become more common.
When we think of this type of scenario, we only think of our earthly relationships with our family. But doesn’t this same exact situation occur in our spiritual relationship with Christ? Just think for a second… It is Sunday morning and you are getting ready to head out. You aren’t getting ready to head out to church services, you are going to your child’s baseball game. What are you telling God?
Let’s just put it into perspective a little…
“Hey God, I know it is Sunday morning but you see, Little Johnny has a baseball tournament today and we don’t need to miss it. This is the biggest tournament of the year, even bigger than the one we had last Sunday. I know God that it is Sunday and I am sorry but Johnny needs to be there for his team. We will get together soon God.”
There is simply not enough time to put God into your life when you live a life that does not put Him first. How do you think the dad in the song above feels at the end of the song? Do you think he is happy that he has molded a son that was just like him? Do you think he regrets what he has done as a father to cause his son to be just like he was?
God has feelings as well and do you think He is happy when you choose baseball (or anything else) over Him? And what are you teaching your child? Are you teaching your kids that it is okay to put things above Christ? Absolutely you are.
It is time that parents start putting God first again. Make rules in your life that you don’t do things during times of worship or events that help build your relationship with Christ. Do it now, before it is too late and the souls of those you love are jeopardized.
God is Good…