I would say:

Time is running out.

Try reading Deuteronomy 6 to begin hearing from God.

Deut 6:1-25 ” 1 “Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it,2 that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long.3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.10 “And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build,11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full,12 then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.13 It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you—15 for the LORD your God in your midst is a jealous God— lest the anger of the LORD your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.16 “You shall not put the LORD your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah. 17 You shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies and his statutes, which he has commanded you.18 And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and take possession of the good land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers 19 by thrusting out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD has promised.20 “When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the LORD our God has commanded you?’21 then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.22 And the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes.23 And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers.24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day.25 And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us.’

Really focus on verses 4-6.  This is a special thing Jewish people know and recite twice a day.  Its called the Shema which means ‘Hear’.

 

Questions:

Is my heart right towards God?

What is the first thing keeping me away from loving Him with my whole heart?

When an idea occurs check if it is from God or not.  Did I feel gentle mercy when the idea of something to work on occurred in my head?

Check it in the bible.  Does the bible advocate acting this way?

A clue:  many of the things God has me work on are not like digging holes in my front yard but more like acting patiently with my family or being humble ,things that are not sweat inducing.

The bible is rich in advice.  The main problem is not my knowing what’s right but in my wanting to do what’s right.  Honesty with myself is very important.

It is far easier to justify and excuse myself rather than try to make changes even as simple as changing my mind to ‘that is a bad thing I do habitually’

None of this is for condemnation.  It is a privilege to become more holy with Jesus.  Try as hard as I can I can not do simple things like forgive others without His divine intervention.

Some of the more kind acts that He asks me to do come with great rewards.  When I think about it everything He asks of me turns out more for my benefit than I ever thought it would.

“Dad, I want to remind you in particular how you used to think about feet and I think it related to being at Jesus’ feet at the cross.  I think God gave you a special gift.”
Spend time picturing Jesus on the cross in the imagination.
I know you have done this but I have learned that I can not do this often enough.  Honestly I have trouble with this one myself.  Who doesn’t.

I love you both very much.

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