I have a love/hate relationships with ridiculous Christian object lessons. Sometimes they’re such a stretch that you wonder if the speaker / writer is being satirical or serious? Is this supposed to be funny or is everyone else totally into it?
Are you using easter Peeps to illustrate the journey to the cross so I’ll laugh or cry?
All that being said (feel free to groan now) but I seriously think that sippy cups are a lot like prayer. Seriously, read on, you’ll see I’m right.
1) You can never have too many sippy cups, truly I have gone to the store to add 6 more to our collection only to find none in the cupboard two hours later, I mean, where are they all? Do I even want to know?
2) It’s not a bad idea to have a smattering of variety, not every sippy cup fits every occasion. Sometimes you want the silicone straw, sometimes the flip top and sometimes the classic NUK with the white stopper. It’s nice to have a selection to fit all your child’s sipping needs.
The same is true with prayer, sometimes I sigh a prayer in exhaustion, sometimes I’m organized with a list and sometimes I just yell at God. Not one prayer fits all of my life.
3) When life is about to get crazy you should hop on Amazon and order a gross of sippy cups. That’s right, we could own 144 sippy cups and still come up short in the morning. My neighbors have all seen me do the sippy cup walk of shame out to the mini van to carry 7 presumably moldy cups inside so my son can have his warm milk.
So when it comes to prayer, when the schedule looks crazy, we’re tempted to pray less, big mistake. The more we have to tackle the more we have to hand over to God, the more we need to rely on him.
4) If you think you have a cottage cheese sippy cup, one that’s been sitting on the sunny patio for 6 days, it’s tempting to ignore it. Yet, it’s just going to get worse and nastier to deal with.
So in our prayer lives, when we know we have something gross rolling around on the floorboards, we’re prone to try and ignore it. Yet when we do this, it festers. So twist open whatever it is and let God take the concentrated Dawn to you, you’ll feel freer for it.
So there you have it sippy cup = prayer life. I’m right, aren’t I?
Give yourself a grade. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being horrible…10 being your a rock star) how is your prayer life. Leave a comment and let us know.