There are times in your life where all the good that you’ve taught your children may come home to roost. Where you realize you’ve been caught by the one or two good things you’ve imparted to your kids. These are the times when you see the tendency in your own self — in this case, to be right — as a joint failing. It’s hard seeing sin passed down.
And yet on the other side of needing to be right — or whatever your particular issue is — there is, we pray, a pathway made. A path for us to walk as we both mature and grow. You’re making the routes for the future you and the future child to walk alongside together.
And for that to happen you have to say I’m sorry.
You have to learn to let go.
We were walking in to church: my brood of children and I. I’d actually managed the impossible trifecta: hair done, makeup done, dressed appropriately (usually only one or two gets checked off the list daily). My three younger children were already hanging by their fingernails off of the plastic slide, but my eldest walked away in front of me, a bit sullen.
“You’re not owning up to it! You yelled at me,” he said, stomping off a few paces ahead of me.
He was, of course, referencing the time not five minutes previous where I’d deepened my voice to let him know his behavior was not on point. Reader, I hadn’t yelled, instead I’d deepened my voice — and he wasn’t praising me for the way I had my anger in check and my emotions under control.
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