2016-05-23 - What Would I Say?
On the occasions when my young daughter forgot her manners and just said, “water” or "hungry," I felt more like a waitress, and wondered all the more about this motherhood role.
Surely, I'm not the only parent who gives in to emotions when confronted with ungratefulness in one's own child. Frustration and confusion are part of being human. (See Psalm 34:18 and 147:3.) We won't escape these feelings, even as a Christian; however, we don't have to stay frustrated and bewildered.
We’ll find support and rest when we go to God.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29)
I continued teaching my preschooler basic manners and the importance of politeness, but my day was no longer consumed with it. I've asked the Lord to guide my words and help my daughter understand them. Since then, I have seen glimmers of hope that all is not lost. One morning, my daughter asked me to read her a story. I reminded her to be polite and add the word please to her question. Immediately she did, and I happily read her a story, while she sat on my lap. It was a wonderful way to start the new day.
Lord, I know You understand why I am upset, and can help me not let my feelings get in the way. Help me to forgive when others are unkind. I don't want to be saddled with these negative emotions. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.