Last week I told my kids that I’d have to cancel our devotions for that evening because a family activity had run later than expected. Their response was typical: a resounding chorus of “oh no!”s and something on the lines of “Pleasssse… can we have devotions tonight?”
At times, the pressure can seem overwhelming but I’d like to remind you of three simple truths that should help you straighten your shoulders and brighten your smile.
The Bible tells us that a woman can either build up a family (house) or tear it down. This places a ton of responsibility on a wife’s shoulders. Her actions will either strengthen or weaken the bonds that hold her family together.
Can you think of the last time you heard a stranger whistling as he/she walked down the road? Do neighbors give you a genuine smile when they see you? It seems to me that we’ve become a lot less happy as a society–and that includes kids.
You can call it testosterone, chauvinism or whatever you’d like, but the reality is that men long to be the hero to the women in their life. Without an outlet for this natural urge a man will become dissatisfied. This dissatisfaction may express itself in a variety of ways, all of which can hurt a relationship.
How you’ve failed isn’t the most important thing.
It is your response to defeat that determines your true greatness.
I remember my eight-year-old daughter looking outside with slumped shoulders and saying “Aw, now we can’t have our kids day.” But just at that moment, her four-year-old brother jumped up and said:
“Don’t worry guys, God can stop the rain!”
When you’re struggling emotionally with forgiveness, look beyond the pain you feel to understanding why the other person has done wrong. This kind of thinking is revolutionary, perhaps even intimidating, because it forces us to look at ourselves in a more critical light in a time when we want to be comforted.
But pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone may be the only way to actually make a positive difference in our lives.