In April of this year, my three oldest kids got their first taste of the thrill of roller coasters. We were at a family event at an amusement park, and hanging out with their slightly older cousins had some effect on their choice of rides. Sadly for my husband (who hates roller coasters), my 5-year-old could only ride with an accompanying adult.
In my younger years, I LOVED roller coasters. Now, I’m older and wiser, and I’m just fortunate to have a 3-year-old son, who is my excuse right now to avoid those rides. By the way, did you hear about the roller coaster that derailed because of a tree branch that fell on the track. Scary! … But, I digress.
Where was I? So, roller coasters are on my mind because that’s the kind of week I’ve had.
One day, I’m on top of the world. Thankful. Happy. Enjoying my kids. Enjoying life.
The next day (sometimes, the next hour), I’m screaming at the top of my lungs at the disastrous descent that I’m on. Complaining. Angry. Hateful. Missing out on life.
I realized that I’ve been careless with my words and my tone when speaking to my children. Kids will be kids. They won’t always do everything you tell them to. But I’ve sometimes resorted to the lazy parent method of scolding, snapping, and getting angry. Sure, it gets some quick results, but it creates major damage to my relationship with them. And, they learn nothing but “Don’t get mom mad.”
Humility and forgiveness. My prideful heart fights against these. But they are the soothing balm to hurting hearts, mine and my children’s. And, what I love about my kids is that they do not hesitate to forgive. Despite my failures, their love has not wavered.
Thank God the ride ends! I can get off and come to my senses. I don’t like roller coasters. I don’t like the unnecessary highs and lows.
I want to remain steady … fixed, focused, and trusting in my God.
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