Wednesday, July 1, 2009

And the Get Over Yourself award goes to...

Okay, y'all are the greatest blog readers in the world, and I really mean that. I am not just trying to sound like Tina in PeeWee's Big Adventure (there's no basement at the Alamo!)

Your suggestions were so wonderful. I really can't wait to try SO many of them out. I mean, why did I never think to wash the car? That is brilliant fun in the form of very cheap labor. And freeze things in ice and let them work out their aggression by hammering away? Fun and therapeutic. I have a long list now to keep us occupied until August 17.

The saddest part is, have I mentioned I was a teacher? An elementary teacher? Who taught pre-k? Who has a specialty in, um, early childhood?

It's pathetic. Y'all should be asking me what to do. But any other former teachers out there, have you found that all your experience and ideas just turn utterly off when it comes to your own kids, or is it just me?

Teacher, teach thyself.

Today I came across this devotional that some holier-than-thou know-it-all wrote a while back. And the prayer down at the bottom just - sigh. Right to the heart.

It's a special level of rude to be convicted by one's own words.

After I read it, and squirmed, I realized my basic problem is this: I don't want to clean poop off the rug. I don't want to referee arguments all day. I don't want to pop Barbie's leg back on for the sixth time. I don't want to sweep up Cheerios again and again and again.

I do not want to be a servant.

Which, conversely means this: I want to be served.

Which means this: I need to get over my sinful selfish whiny self and remember Who it is that I serve, disguised today as four short little people. And one six foot tall one.

So tomorrow, this will greet me in my (filthy) kitchen at the crack of dawn:



cause I'm gonna need to be reminded all day long. Cause I'm stiff-necked like that.

'Night.

God's servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil's trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.

2 Timothy 2:24-26 (the Message)

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