I am just like her.
Maybe that is why this behavior grates at my last nerve. I do it too. I arch my back or run off when something become the least bit difficult. I want it all to be easy…If I might fail or if something is difficult I have been known to not try. Often I don’t try things unless I know or think I know I will be good at them…
So when my precious child acts just like me and runs off yelling that it is too hard and she will never be able to do it, my heart rate increases, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, and all the veins in my head bulge. It takes every ounce of self-control God has birthed in me to keep myself from yelling. Some times I yell. Other times through God’s amazing work, I speak truth in love.
These are teaching moments. Moments when God wants to teach me and wants me to teach her. When I submit to God and hear Him whisper in my ear. I remember to tell her about perseverance and Sumo of the Opera (VeggieTale’s story about perseverance if you haven’t seen it, you need to). No one does everything right especially the first time. I talk of Michael Jordan, how he didn’t make his high school basketball team. Yet he was one of the best basketball players of all time. I think of how Kathryn Stockett, author of the book The Help (yes the book the movie is based on), was rejected SIXTY times. Yes sixty before she got a book deal. Perseverance.
When we as God’s children persevere, we don’t get an NBA ring or five that rust, nor do we get a book and movie deal that will be forgotten in a few years. No, we get something better. 1 Corinthians 9:25 says, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
Oh may we throw out the Easy Button…There isn’t one for a thriving relationship with God. Instead “let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Heb 12:1b)
So I continue counting things for which I am grateful.
562. Time with friends from out of town
563. Friends that sharpen me
564. My sweet husband sent me flowers
565. Singing Blessed Assurance with my little man as he raised his hands toward heaven
566. Praying with my three blessings
567. How my three kids love each other.
568. My husband’s laugh
569. The touch of his hand
570. His levity
571. Laughter with friends
572. Start of a new school year
573. Rodents in the classroom means no rodents in the home
574. Special time with my little man
575. My husband’s patience
577. Star Wars
579. Electrical issues discovered before a fire occurred
580. God’s word
581. His Son who died
582. A yard for my kids to play in
583. God’s still small voice
585. Opening up and stretching out