“You put pressure on the situation when you try to get too much out of it. Just enjoy what we have because we have so much.”
These were the words out of my youngest’s mouth as we returned home from the mountains over Christmas break. Yes, we had had some really fun moments. (In the dark, Greg pulled our 15 & 18 year old girls around on a sled in the dark like the were 5 & 8). We had also had some very tense moments when the cloud of frustration dampened an entire day.
Now, on the drive home, my girl was giving me words of wisdom that I really needed to hear.
I admit. When she first started talking, I heard voices of another generation speaking in my head,:
“Don’t talk to me like that.”
“I’m your parent; I tell you what to do.”
Yet, as I listened to the words of my child, they were truthful words, spoken in respect. It didn’t matter who the messenger was, I needed to hear the message.
I’m always glad to know when I am not alone. This morning I read of Balaam; that prophet found in Numbers 22:21 – 38 who also had trouble listening to an unexpected messenger. Big difference. His was a donkey; mine was a daughter.
Either way, God makes it clear in His word, He can use anyone…or anything for that matter. The question is: will I be willing to listen to anyone or anything He chooses to use?
Today, let’s be willing to listen to whoever and however God wants to speak to us. It may take some humility on our part, but any amount of pride laid down will be worth hearing what our Lord has to say!
Have you ever learned a lesson from your child? I’d love to hear about it! Please share in ‘”comments” below.