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I’m His Friend, And I Have An Appointment!

“I’m a friend of the President. I have an appointment!” At least that is what Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran said when he jumped the fence at the White House. Tran managed to get near the White House wearing a backpack containing 2 cans of pepper spray, a book written by Trump, a passport, and other items.

The Secret Service stopped Tran, and confirmed that he did not have an appointment. And…no surprise, he is not Trump’s friend. They took Tran into custody, but released him to home arrest until his April court date.

Sitting down to chat with the President of the United States is beyond the ability of most people. There was a time when the public could stroll into the White House to have conversations with Presidents such as Jackson or Lincoln. Those days are long gone, but many would still like the opportunity.

Wanting to speak with leaders is nothing new. In fact, in the days of Solomon, we are told that, “All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart” (1 Kings 10:24). All the earth wanted to meet Solomon! One person, the Queen of Sheba, took a trip to see him and was amazed at his great wisdom.

But did you know that we have easy access to Solomon’s wisdom today through God’s Word? In fact, we have access to the wisdom of one far greater – the God who gave Solomon his wisdom. We have access to the King and His Kingdom.

Sadly, though, few will take the opportunity to hear His wisdom. Even fewer attempt to enter His Kingdom. Consider this: People will jump fences to try to force a meeting with the President. Will the children of light be so bold as to approach the throne with confidence in Christ?

Now here is the great news: if you are in Christ, you truly are a friend of God’s and you do have an appointment. In fact, He desires to spend eternity with all who are willing to come to Him through His Son!

Adult Terrible Twos? Don’t Reward The Tantrum!

toddler tantrumClaudia Chaudhary is the two-year old daughter of a White House correspondent. She was recently at a dinner at the White House with her Mom when, having behaved for as long as she could, Claudia hit her limit. Wearing a pink plaid dress, looking as cute as could be, Claudia flopped on the ground and threw an epic tantrum. Her Mom, the press, the President, and the First Lady smiled and collectively said, “been there.”

After all, what other age has the name “terrible” attached to it other than the “terrible-twos?” The Mayo Clinic defines the “terrible twos” as: “a normal stage in a toddler’s development characterized by mood changes, temper tantrums and use of the word ’no.’” Yep…sounds about right.

But if there is one-thing parents have learned is this – DON’T GIVE IN! If you do, the child learns that the tantrum is a great way to get what they want. And that can be a disaster. Have you ever seen an adult who never finished that “normal stage” of development?

In 1 Kings 21, we see the danger of an adult tantrum. King Ahab wanted a field owned by Naboth. He tried to buy it, but Naboth wouldn’t sell. So Ahab went home and pitched a fit. He was “sullen and vexed” and he “lay down on his bed and turned away his face and ate no food.”

The result? Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, had Naboth betrayed and killed so Ahab could get his way. Ahab was to blame for his immaturity, but the worst thing happened to him that can happen to a tantrum thrower…someone gave in!

It is really embarrassing when adults throw tantrums. But it is even worse when someone rewards them to pacify the rant. We don’t always get our way!

Unfortunately, many of us learn a different lesson: “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Ever see someone yelling at a waiter for faster service? Ever see someone yell at a teacher for appropriately disciplining a student? Ever see someone yell at a referee during a kids’ soccer game? Ever see a serial horn honker?

I suppose we all have a bit of terrible-twos in us. But don’t give in to your inner two-year old any more than you would a screaming toddler. The results might be worse than you think. Rather, have the mind of Christ and “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.”