On My Mind Today
I was surrounded by young kids (all mine, of course) a couple days ago. They were climbing on me, crowding me, asking me repeated questions, with one request piling on another before I had a chance to respond even to the first one.
This wasn’t how I imagined parenting to be. Some days I’m a walking sermon on child spacing.
In the middle of this, my husband called. He was sitting in a call room at the hospital, all by himself, lost in an idyllic world of plans for a self-sustaining farming operation. (More on that in a future post… maybe.) We were going at two completely different paces.
So I snapped. I snapped at him for not answering my questions faster, and I snapped at the kids for continuing to beg me for things while I was on the phone.
This isn’t how things should be! My response has been nagging at me ever since.
This morning, I woke up with these thoughts rolling around in my head:
Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14
Take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. James 3:4-6
The tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21
Life and death?!!!!
A sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
This quote, at least, makes me chuckle:
He missed an invaluable opportunity to hold his tongue.
I had a lot of other things on my mind when I snapped at my family. I wasn’t even upset with them, really, but they didn’t know that.
I hope today is a gentler day.
And I’m wondering: Would it be too schoolteacher-ish if I asked my own kids to raise their hands before they talk to me from now on?
Probably I won’t, but that idea was also rolling around in my mind this morning.