What the…What?!?

     Friends, it almost happened.  I almost let it slip.  Thank God I caught myself!  No, I didn’t curse, but I could have messed up royally.  Last week, I had my first “school traffic” experience.  I was running just a little late to drop my kindergartener off at school.  If you get there past a certain time, you’re stuck.  You could be trying to get to the hospital short of a miracle – YOU’RE STUCK!  I knew this going in, but somehow still managed to leave the house a little later than I should have.

IT HAPPENED…the car in front of me stopped to drop his daughter off where he wasn’t supposed to, and there were three available spots ahead of him.  I couldn’t believe it, so much so in a very frustrated, irritated voice I stated “What…You’ve got to be kidding me!”  What came next put me at a crossroad.  My child said, “What mama?  What is it?”  At that moment I had a choice to make.

I’ve heard stories of parents who call other drivers dumb and stupid and later they hear their child repeating it.  I can easily see how it slips out.  If you’re running late for work and someone is slow poking around or not following the rules, stupid, dumb, and several other words could easily fly out one’s mouth.  That was not the tone I wanted to set for that day or for the school year.

In that moment I realized there are going to be some mornings like this.  I’ve got to do what I would want my daughter to do in that situation.  So in response to her question, I gathered myself and told her that the guy in front of us didn’t follow the rules, and it’s important to follow the rules.  I waited it out without hitting the steering wheel, breathing hard, or mumbling to myself (all things I’ve done before in various situations.)  Although I can’t guarantee she will remember my reaction or either follow accordingly, I have peace in knowing I didn’t plant something in her little growing mind that says act out when things don’t go your way.

This incident occurred Friday and the following scripture was part of the Sunday morning sermon .  All I could think as I sat in the service was how fitting for my situation:

Romans 12:1-2 MSG

1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Dropping my daughter off to school is part of my everyday, ordinary life, and God even expects me to glorify Him in that as well.  Being a Christian parent can be difficult at times, but it is so worth it in the end!

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