2018-01-12 - Learning the Awkward Way
My child, obey the teachings of your parents, and wear their teachings as you would a lovely hat or a pretty necklace. (Proverbs 1:8-9 CEV)
When I made a mistake in judgment involving a classmate, my mother got involved. Although my actions did not call for jail time or a fine, it is still something I wince at and regret. A girl in my fifth grade class occasionally picked on me, when we walked home from school. One day, she picked on me one too many times, so I was determined to set things straight, as my preadolescent mind saw it, anyway.
I decided to telephone her and then hung up a couple times, without saying a word. Satisfied, I went about my homework. I guess this anonymous phone call shook my classmate up a lot, and she called her mother at work, who got to talking to my mother. Pretty soon, I was at Melissa’s door, apologizing.
Did my mom come to my defense, or give excuses for my sudden outburst? No. She just had me face the consequences of my actions. The next day I felt awkward around Melissa, but she did not mention the previous day's events, and neither did I. It didn’t stop Melisss picking on me, but I never resorted to hurting her feelings again.
Lord, Thank You for forgiving me when I make a mistake in judgement. For, "How far has the Lord taken our sins from us? Farther than the distance from east to west! (Psalm 103:12 CEV)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.