I have a standing appointment with my 88-year old dad.
Years ago I started calling my dad on the way to church each Sunday morning to have him pray over me and over the Sunday services that I was charged to lead.
That Sunday appointment carries on to this day.
Recently, on a Sunday morning I must admit that the alarm on my phone to remind me to call dad came as a bit of a rude interruption–an irritant calling me away from all the things I had to do and places I had to be and all the deadlines I had to meet.
But then I roped myself in.
A quick question that I ask myself frequently is: “What is the noise and what is the news?”
In light of the privilege of hearing my dad say at least one more time as he always does when he prays for me: “Our kind and blessed heavenly Father…” and to hear my dad sign off on our call (as he always does), “Son, keep looking up, our redemption drawth nigh!” …in light of that privilege, all the rest of the stuff was just noise.
At that moment, the most important thing was not all the things I had to do, the most important thing was being the son of Harry R. Kemp.
The ONE THING for today: While it is very important to ask, “What should I do?” It is far more important to ask, “Who should I be?”