Daddy Deafness

Published on Jan 18th, 2017 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Daddy Deafness

Daddy Deafness At times, a parent may become concerned about their child’s hearing. While watching T.V. or playing a game their dads may be calling out to them and the child is not responding. Finally, when the dad gets their attention they admit that they never heard the dad. Being a concerned parent, he takes his child to the doctor to get their hearing tested. The wise doctor informs the new parent that what their child has is a case of “daddy deafness”. The child’s hearing is fine but he has learned to tune out his dad out when it is convenient for him. My dad often cured that disease with a cuff to the side of the head. It did something to rattle the hearing clear. Daddy deafness is often accompanied in children by “don’t really want to look blindness”. A child opens something like the refrigerator in order to look for the special snack mom had purchased for them. After looking intently for 3 seconds the child calls out to the mom for help. Mom usually shouts back that the item is on the second shelf. After staring blankly at the second shelf for another 3 seconds the child cries out pitifully that the snack is no longer there. The frustrated mom now gets up, comes into the kitchen, moves one item, and promptly finds the snack. “Don’t really want to look blindness”. This serious disease also accounts for lawns that are not mowed or sidewalks that are not shoveled. While a childhood and young adult disease these germs can also effect adults as well.

Paul says in Galatians 6:10, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Many adults who struggle with “Daddy Deafness” or “Don’t want to look blindness” believe that they have willing hearts to help but God is just not bringing those opportunities into their lives. Just a few months ago they lent out their chainsaw to their neighbor when he asked. Since then, God has not brought up any opportunities. When he does, though, they will be all over it. What about those announcements of need in church? What about that husband who asked for help during prayer time in small group? How about all of those co-workers who have been out with the flu? What about Sarah Maclachlan? It may not be that God is not giving opportunities as much as your not seeing and hearing.

The Word of God backs this thought up. Matthew 25:35-45 uses the lack of hearing or seeing opportunities to help those in need as an example of who is truly saved and who is not. The parable of the Good Samaritan is another example of how our blindness and deafness are the problem and not a lack of opportunity. We have been given spiritual gifts for the common good. We have been given riches to help those in need. “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” I John 3:17.

Have you met Mrs. Smith? She was just like me one time. She listened, saw and then responded, one time...one time I tell you, to a need from the bulletin. She has been teaching Sunday School for 37 years. Once they suck you in, you are done. I know I want my children to have a great program but once they have you...you never get out!”

You know that guy in small group who asked for prayer? I thought about helping him. Going out to lunch and offering support. But then I remembered that no one helped me and I learned a ton from that. Sometimes it is good to learn the hard way.”

I brought soup to someone with the flu five years ago. I was sick for two weeks. Never again.”

So maybe we are not as deaf or blind as we thought. Maybe we do hear and see the opportunities that God brings our way every day. Our problem is that we have forgotten that we are servants. Somehow we have organized and brought in the unions to negotiate what we will or will not give our lives to. Simple phrases like, “as we have opportunity” have been nuanced away to “as we feel like it” or “if we have the time”. After all, you cannot do it all and no one should be treated like a slave. God needs to get some more realistic expectations of this idea of redeeming the time and we have been bought with a price. If we were to serve “as we have opportunity” then when would we have time to stress over our over scheduled schedules? If we gave “as we have opportunity” how would we buy our children all those toys that they never play with? If we gave our time to others “as we have opportunity” how would we find time to go to the gym? Being a servant just doesn’t fit our lifestyle choices at this time.

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