Si, Si! Gracias, Gracias!

An article by David Brooks on July 20, 2015 (Updated: July 30, 2018)

When the spaghetti was ready, in my feeble effort to teach my daughter Spanish I called out to her.

“Venga a la mesa”
(Come to the table)

“Si, si! Gracias, gracias!” she responded
(Yes, yes! Thank you, thank you!)

It was cute, and I smiled at her effort. But then she said something profound.

“I say that because that’s the only thing I know how to say.”

Factually, it’s not true. I mean, she can count, she can say some of her colors. She won’t be hitting the supermarket in Spanish, but she knows the things you’d expect from a four-year-old at her skill level.

But the sentiment was still true. She had no idea what to say in response. I call her to the table in Spanish every day, but we’ve never talked about what she should say in return.

Likewise, we’re all capable of responding when God asks us to do anything. But the older I get, the more often I find myself wanting to share my opinion with God about whatever it is that He’s speaking about. Usually the appropriate answer should have been, “Yes, thank you!”

“Yes”, because He’s God, and He’s right. Guaranteed. Even when I can’t see past the nose on my own face.

“Thank you,” because the first response of our hearts should be that of gratitude.

So while I’m confident that God longs for us to talk with Him, it should always be from a place of obedience and gratitude.

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