Fare thee well?

Have you ever noticed how the passages in Corinthians regarding LOVE have a real tilt to them?

Try not to think about that answer right now...check the passage later...for now, what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about how to love, how you love your spouse...your kids...your neighbours even?
Do you think of the passage 'Do unto others' right away? Maybe you think of respect? Maybe your mind goes directly to a more swooning 'LOVE'...the kind that twinkles and shimmers in the mist...lol! (obviously you need to get a sitter for the kids if you're a SAHM and that's the first thing that comes to mind...most mom's REALLY know that LOVE is tilted)
Anyhow...back to the tilt...
These passages ALL seem to refer to things that are inately difficult to do. Love is NOT easy. Loving does not seem to assume that you'll be loved back....it only hopes. It assumes that wrong will be done with the foreplanning of not remembering the wrong. Plan not to bring it up again.
Love requires that there is probably plenty reason to be patient and to 'suck it back' and be kind instead.
How am I measuring up to that kind of love when it comes to my kids especially?
I fare thee not so well.


Anonymous June 29, 2011 at 3:51 PM  

I think you may have read my thoughts! I have very much been thinking especially how I am parenting, and feel I am letting things stress me out way too much.
Last night Rob had to work late. I had the "privalage" of putting the kids to bed by myself. You would think that when I tell my big kids to put on pj's and brush teeth that they would do it nice and quiet and quickly?! but oh no, there was running and screaming and fooling around and generally not doing what I'd asked. all the while Carter is dumping food all over the living room and kitchen walking through it just to make sure he gets it everywhere!
So I was getting quite frustrated, and it was not a peaceful evening. Rob comes home and I start to vent, and he, he starts to laugh!! in my face! Apparently my face was so funny when I'm frustrated that he just couldn't hold it in.
So I said, all right you think disobediance is funny, tomorrow I will laugh at everything bad the kids do, let that anger roll right off my back!
Anyway all that to say that I am doing a terrible job and this post was a good reminder to get my butt into gear doing a better job with my kids! and it feels good to not be alone in this.

Evi June 29, 2011 at 5:45 PM  

Um...ya...ditto here. Didn't even help me to write the post. I am at the stage where I need to confess to my daughter that I am SOOO guilty of being quick to anger today.

Karin June 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM  

Insight is the first step to improvement! I'm totally amazed at how patient our Heavenly Father is with this disobedient, disrespectful world.

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