Yesterday was not a good day for thinking right thoughts. I was irritable. I know this because everyone was particularly irritating. Maybe the children really did need to go work off some energy. Maybe they’re going through some emotional stage. Maybe Laurel’s getting a tooth. Maybe…
I need a good talking to. Right now.
You see, the problem is not external to me. I was annoyed, because I was not walking in the spirit. All of those external things might be true, but they’re not what cause me to be angry (irritated is a euphemism for anger). I guess I need the same passages I’m trying to teach my children. And I know that part of the problem is also that I’ve not been reading the Bible with same devotion that I should. I’m distracted when I read, and when I don’t get seize control of my attention, my reading is next to worthless.
I also need to ask forgiveness: God, my children, probably, the dog. [Should one ask forgiveness of a dog?] I think we’ll be talking about this at the breakfast table this morning.
What should I be meditating on today?
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. I Corinthians 13:1-7
It doesn’t matter how knowledgeable I am about God’s Word. It doesn’t matter if I accomplish thus-and-so much. Those things don’t matter if I do not love my children as I ought.
How can I love them today? I can be patient when they spill milk on my new tablecloth. I can help them when they are overwhelmed with cleaning all the kindergarten blocks. I can deal with discipline problems before they build up. There’s more, but the sun is rising and so should I.