Back in 1958 a group by the name of the Coasters released a song that was one of a string of singles released by the group between 1957 and 1959 that dominated the charts, one of the biggest performing acts of the Rock and Roll era. The song…Yakety Yak. The lyrics describe the listing of household chores to a kid, presumably a teenager, the teenager’s response (“yakety yak”) and the parents’ retort (“don’t talk back”) — an experience very familiar to a middle-class teenager of the day.
Things have not changed today…there are chores to do and parents are reminding their teenagers to fulfill their responsibilities of getting those chores done (sometimes after multiple requests)…and all they are thinking is “Yakey Yak.”
So I began thinking…we do this in our relationship with our Heavenly Father? We are probably not as bold as to say to God ‘Yakety Yak,’ but we ignore what He’s nudging us to do! Maybe it’s to be more evangelistic – telling others about Jesus. How about giving up a ‘habit’ that is not healthy? What about a relationship that is toxic and need to end? A marriage that needs to be gutted and remodeled? Yet by our actions….we are saying to God, I don’t want to do that. It’s our (Yakey Yak) to God.
As I begin a new week…I want to live with God’s direction and that means doing what He want’s me to do. I get tired of ‘Coasting’ along doing my own thing. When you made a decision to follow Christ, you gave up the ability to say, “me first.”