Proverbs 22:6 – Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Before I get into this post, let me say that I am a parent and grandparent. I was a lousy parent, and now I am a better grandparent. I didn’t know the Lord Jesus back then the the way I do now. So some of what I’m publishing in this blog is drawn from direct experiences instead of observation.
You’re driving your child(ren) to school or somewhere. The road is mildly congested but traffic is moving along pretty good. The driver in front of you suddenly brakes and veers hard to the right so they don’t miss the exit they should’ve moved over a mile behind to make it off the freeway safely.
You’re already frustrated because while you were looking for your son’s shoe, the phone rings and it was a bill collector (that’s another post that’s coming) badgering you about sending money you don’t have. Now this? Then you let several expletives fly that aren’t fit for a sailor to hear. Then you speed up to pull up on the side of the car to give the driver the piece, (not peace) of your mind you’ve always wanted to share with somebody. Not only did you take the chance in getting beat up or worse, your child(ren) saw your rage, heard your opinion on the incident and now they have learned that this is the way to handle someone when they do something you don’t like. Now they believe that when someone doesn’t do what they expect them to, they are to cuss them out and let them know either verbally or physically, how they feel.
Lord. I pray you touch someone’s heart on this matter the way you touched mine when I discovered your way of handling adverse or stressful situations. Thank you for showing me how not to act in front of children.