“I have to run an errand. Wanna come?”

Every week I have errands to run and over time – I have developed the following philosophy:

  • Never do anything alone (unless you need to or want to) if you can do it with someone else.

Some errands I have to do alone. Sometimes I just want to be alone. Oftentimes, I enjoy the company. The other week I had to run an errand and I decided to ask one of my children if they wanted to go with me. The conversation went something like this:

  • Me: “I have to run an errand. Wanna come?”
  • Child #1: “Where ya going?”
  • Me: “I’m not telling, do you want to go or not?”
  • Child #1: “Is it going to be fun?”
  • Me: “Define fun.”
  • Child #1: “Ya know, like are we going to do
  • something fun or can I buy something?”
  • Me: “Nevermind.”

A little dejected but not surprised, I then approached another child.

  • Me: “I have to run an errand. Wanna come?”
  • Child #2: “Sure Daddy! I’ll get my shoes!”

Child #2 gets in the car and off we go. We had a wonderful time. As we ran our errands, we talked. We listened. I shared bits of wisdom.  We goofed around. We laughed. We enjoyed each other’s company. Our hearts were knitted together. There was bonding and fellowship and fun just by being together.

The errands took a bit longer than I anticipated and while we were out we both got really thirsty. I knew that a Cherry Lime Aide from Sonic could fix that and I knew that a Cherry Lime Aide would be a big deal for this particular child.

With errands complete, we came home both drinking our massive Cherry Lime Aides and I knew what was about to happen.  As hydrated Child #2 walked past left behind Child #1, Child #1 became indignant. “You didn’t tell me you were getting a Lime Aide! That’s not fair!”

As this child threw a mini-tamtrum, it hit me. This is exactly how I often treat God.

Instead of desiring the Giver, I just want His gifts.

Instead of spending time with the Blesser, I simply want His blessings.

I don’t want the everyday friendship with Him, most days I just want the benefits.

God is not like a vending machine. You don’t spend time with Him to get what you want out. You invest in God and THAT ALONE is the gift, the blessing and the benefit. Anything you receive beyond that, is simply additional grace.

Does God give out spiritual Cherry Lime Aides? Absolutely. But He often gives it to His children who aren’t using Him for one. He desires relationship and fellowship. He has errands to run and He wants some company. You wanna come?

Ephesians 1:3 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ…”

Mark 10:15-16 – “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all. And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.”

******* IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE NOTE ********

It is necessary to point out that I am merely sharing a snapshot from a moment in time. Every one of us have been captured in a negative light in various snapshots throughout our life. Though most children (regardless of age) desire the gift over the giver, I am pleased/relieved to say that this is not something by which either child is characterized.

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About Rod Arters

As a former youth worker, business owner, school teacher, coach and inmate, Rod has the unique ability to relate to almost anyone in whatever situation they are in. His thought-provoking blog about life, mistakes, faith, hope & grace has been read in over 175 countries. A popular writer & speaker, Rod draws from his deep well of biblical knowledge and personal pain to encourage others along the broken journey to wholeness. He hosts an invitation-only private Facebook group for men (called the Man Cave) and enjoys helping others find Hope in the midst of their painful situations. He currently resides in Columbia, SC.
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2 Responses to “I have to run an errand. Wanna come?”

  1. J.-Girl says:

    Here’s to sharing big Cherry Lime-Aids with the Big Guy. 😉 Nicely done, my friend.

  2. I really enjoy looking through on this web site , it has got superb blog posts. “I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.” by Charles M. Schulz.

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