As many of you know I have several teens/tweens living at home right now. So of course hormones and attitudes are.. you might say CRAZY! I really love teens..I like to have fun with them more than even pre-schoolers..but sometimes..AAcckk..
The other day however, the second my daughter got home from school I knew it was going to be one of those tense afternoons with her. The first thing I said snapped at her was “go back and check your attitude at the door Missy!” This may seem a little harsh, but after all, she comes home like this at least 2 or 3 days a week. Sometimes my patience runs thin..especially when there seems to be no apparent reason. (and yes I do kindly ask)
Well a few days later, I was out doing errands. By the time I got home I was tired and irritable. I knew my kids would be arriving home soon from school and the thought of putting up with any disrespect made me even more irritated. I started to think of all of the things I would say to any one of them should they choose to walk through that front door with a bad attitude. The kinds of consequences they would receive if they even looked at me in a wrong way.
As I sat in my car fuming about all these things in my driveway God’s voice spoke to my heart and said:
CHECK YOUR Attitude AT THE DOOR MISSY!
Oops! Wow..my attitude was as bad as my kids have been. My attitude was not loving, not thinking the best, not joyful or cheerful. It was just plain grouchy and well…let’s just say it..sinful.
Yep, we parents are sinners too. My attitude, just as much as my kids, has to be put into check also. Even more since I am the example they will follow. So after confessing this too the Lord and asking for His Holy Spirit to change me and my attitude, I felt much better.
It’s funny how our whole outlook on life changes when we have God’s perspective on things. When we allow God to work in our hearts. We must also be very careful how we allow others to influence how we behave or think. Will I act or react? It’s up to me.
By the way..nobody came home in a bad mood that day
What about you? Do you have these days? Do you act or react usually?