Thhhhhhhwwwwuump! That's what I heard as my youngest was cutting up her toaster waffles.
She had asked me to cut them up for her - I said no. She's 10 and needs to do it herself. Not because I don't want to do it for her, but rather, because she's 10 and needs to do it for herself. How else will she learn?
That noise I heard? That was the entire plate of food slipping off the counter and onto the floor. Fortunately, she had opted for a paper plate, so the mess was minimal.
She was mortified. I think she thought I was going to lose it and bark at her out of anger. Yikes. What's that say about how I've reacted to things before? I'm embarrassed to think.
Instead, I made a choice to give my daughter grace and forgiveness instantly. I hugged her, and said, "The only thing that's important here is that you are not hurt."
She hugged me back, and together we cleaned up the mess. I popped two more waffles in the toaster for her, but made her cut them up again, and this time, she succeeded.
God gives us so much grace and forgiveness. He is our example that we need to follow, especially with our kids. Our kids are very literally part of us, they learn from us and do as we do.
OUR KIDS WILL NEVER BE ANY MORE PERFECT THAN WE ARE.
I am not perfect, my kids learn from me, so my kids will never be perfect.
Love your kids, but most of all teach them grace and forgiveness, then they will take that grace and forgiveness into this world and share it with others.
Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Colossians 3:13 (ESV)
13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
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