The Audacity to Ask

I have three kids. Three awesome, rambunctious and charismatic boys. These kids are my life, even if I don’t always show it, because these boys push me to my limit. Even still, it is easy for them to get whatever they want from me.

There is not a day that goes by when I am not asked for something! Today, I picked up my two oldest boys from school and before I even got a “hello” or “hi, Dad,” there was a question from my middle child.

“Dad, can I have a Fidget Spinner?”

My usual answer would be, “no!” Don’t judge me. I simply aim to not be a pushover. You can’t imagine the things my kids have asked from me!

However, the sincerity in Elijah’s voice let me know that this was not just any Fidget Spinner. This kid wanted–no, longed– for a Fidget Spinner. Immediately, my mind started racing: “how can I get him a Fidget Spinner?!” Why? Because I am his father, and I want to give him what he asks for.

I recently watched a video of a child who asked his step-father to adopt him. Wow! What an ask! What an audacious, bold ask! I’ve included the emotion-inducing video for your enjoyment!

https://www.someecards.com/parenting/dads/boy-stepdad-adopt-birthday-video/

You know, children ask some bold, audacious questions. However, it seems that as we get older, our requests get smaller and safer.

Jesus tells us this: “If you then who are evil (or broken or sinful), know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13 ESV)

I’ve proven that God is not limited to only giving the Holy Spirit when he’s asked. Sometimes, he even gives the things we see as too small or too big.

Is there something that you’ve wanted God to do in your life and you’ve been holding back for whatever reason? Know that our God is faithful to give abundantly more than we can think or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)