by Terri Bonin
Our family’s Bible study theme this month is love…loving each other, loving others, forgiving each other, and reconciling.
(1 Corinthians 13)
Of course, it is! There have been eleven people living in our house at one time but now we’re down to only 7. (but with weekly get-togethers with all the marrieds and grandbabies… it’s busy!)
In the mornings I methodically read through scripture, stopping to ask questions along the way to engage the kids’ minds and make them think, so they will hopefully take ownership of the lesson.
“Do you know anyone who has ever been rude?”
Fully expecting them to point the finger at others, I wait. I mean, isn’t it our human nature to see our own sin in someone else, but not in ourselves?
Blind spots hover.
My desire is to teach my kids to apply scripture directly to themselves, so they can grow, learn from it, and live successful lives.
Without missing a beat, my then four-year-old piped up…
“Us! We are rude sometimes!”
BINGO! PRAISE GOD! HE GETS IT!
“Yes, Caden! Exactly. Sometimes we’re rude and impatient with the ones we love most and this is not right. Love is patient and kind…”
Fifteen minutes later outside, the very child that “GETS IT!” called his brother a name. How quickly we forget the lessons. I discipline him appropriately and send him back out to play lovingly with his brother and BAM! There it is again.
Same offense. Same child. Same discipline…Just firmer.
I dealt once again with his rude behavior and send him out again to play kindly with his brother.
Failing is a part of life. As we grow and mature, hopefully, we fail less. I work to teach my kids how to get back up, own their mistakes, repent to the offended, and walk-in reconciliation.
Too many people today are failing and not owning their mistakes, repenting and walking reconciled. It’s killing the modern-day family.
Forgetting this lesson in adulthood devastates families. Stay tuned next week for more on WHY we must teach our children these lessons while they are young.