Isn’t it nice when things just work?
Remember that Honda Cog commercial? It all looks so good, everything running smoothly despite seemingly impossible odds. At the end, a voice intones soothingly, ‘Isn’t it nice when things just work?’
Just beautiful! Wouldn’t it be nice if managing a home and raising children were like that! Nice and clean homes; the day-to-day running of the household operating without a hitch; obedient, compliant, and – most importantly – godly children. Judging from the plethora of ‘helpful’ books and websites out there – and the fact that their business does not seem to be suffering – many people are looking for that guarantee to have that perfect home. If we do it just the way they prescribe, it should all run flawlessly and we should have success. Sounds good, right?
Unfortunately, real life more often looks like this:
While there are some who can look at that and find it funny because it resonates, there are probably others who are embarrassed and guilty because this is a daily occurrence! All their careful and prayed-over plans are not going well at all. Suddenly, that voice at the end of that commercial sounds almost mocking. To complicate things further, those ‘helpful’ books and websites ‘guarantee’ that if one follows their formula faithfully, one can also achieve the same successful results. The key word here is faithfully. That way, if one does not get the same outcome, the problem is not with the program but with the person using it. After all, other people have reaped great rewards from employing those methods. So, one must have done something wrong, otherwise one wouldn’t be in this mess. Right?
As if that were not enough, the Church heaps on judgment and condemnation on top. Mr and Mrs Smith would not have such rebellious children if only they did xyz – like the Joneses. Instead of support, the Smiths have to endure unfavourable comparisons (behind their backs, of course) to the Joneses who have it all together. Even prayers for the Smiths are attempts to get them to see the error of their ways.
Is it any wonder the Smiths no longer share their problems?