Kid mows lawn.
Mom comes out to inspect work.
Mom sees kid missed a swath of grass.
Mom has opportunity… does she see it?
Will she choose life or death?
Will her words build up or tear down?
Will it be, “Hey, you missed a spot.”
Will it be, “Hey, you missed a spot – how is it that you can’t ever finish anything? Did you even look at this?”
Or will it be, “Hey, thanks for mowing the yard! This is a big area, and I appreciate how you did it without fussing or complaining. (or without being asked or whatever) Say, does this look right to you over here?”
Does she encourage and allow the kid see his own mistake, because he’s not stupid?
“Oh, I missed that over there,” he’ll say, because he was respected and doesn’t feel threatened relationally.
“Okay, no big deal – do you mind finishing up before your dad comes home? Thanks for doing this for the family.”
Dare you to see life through the lens of the Holy Spirit. See opportunities instead of problems. Find contentment and as a result His strength.
Dare you: Create peace instead of strife in your family.
I find the correlation between Proverbs 30 and these verses related to strength in Philippians (emphasis mine) really interesting:
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice.And the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
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