Being 17 is an awkward, life-altering, figuring out who you are time of life. As parents we try our best to help them through these days, giving the best advice we know to give. Yesterday was an example of one of those delicate times in the life of our 17 year old (formerly known as Nathaniel funny sometimes jerky son Nate, ). Let me explain. He was going to see a movie with some friends. He was concerned it might sell-out before he got there, so he asked me to purchase his ticket online. I was hurrying out the door for an event and so I quickly purchased the ticket. This morning my accountant wife sent me this email.
I don’t know if you know but when you purchase tickets for the movie online they charge a few. The ticket last night cost $9.50. Don’t think they charge fee when you purchase it from kiosk. I know he didn’t want to chance them selling out or have to stand in line, but just thought you would want to know how much those tickets costs.
I simply forwarded her email to Nathaniel so he would have it for future reference. Here is his reply: (As the title of this post indicates, this movie ticket purchase mistake has caused him to deal with some very serious spiritual stuff.)
heeew, thanks for the heads up. Next time I’ll try and consult you guys beforehand. I’ve been thinking and praying, and I feel like God is telling me that yesterday I really just blew past a life altering decision without giving Him a chance to offer his insight. He says that my life is too short just to make every decision on the fly, and that a life that truly glorifies Him is a life that challenges me to live by the Word and see what the Bible would say about life situations. Obviously in 1 Cor 10 we are to do EVERYTHING to the glory of God, and I’m really sorry that God’s glory was sacrificed here because of the extra $1.50 we spent at the movie. I’m going to try and do so much better when it comes to online shopping because as you know I spend way too much time wanting to buy things online. This is probably the biggest struggle I’m facing right now and I just want you to be praying for me in that area. Thank you for your guidance as a parent and I
understand if you think I should stay home the next few nights and think some more about what I’ve done. May the Word penetrate my heart and character!
Thankfully, the conviction of sin still leads to repentance.