I have a five year old who is learning to write her numbers and letters. She is very focused, and has a long attention span for her age. She is also very independent and strives to do everything on her own. It is very frustrating when I try to correct or help her. Since she takes great pride in her writing, I try not to hurt her feelings by saying she is wrong. Instead of saying those words, I try to be gentle with my words: “If you want to go to kindergarten, you have to learn to write your letters correctly.” As I reflect on her behavior, and my role as a parent, I discovered that it didn’t really matter how well she could write. What is more important is for her to have a humble and teachable spirit. Knowing how to “write our alphabets” is great, but let us pray for humble hearts and teachable spirits. When we make mistakes by going our own ways, our Abba Father gently corrects and restores us. As we prepare for service today, let us remember that He has given His word to us:

“To teach [us] wisdom and discipline, to help [us] understand, to do what is right, just and fair. [To] give insight to the simple; knowledge and discernment to the young.” (Proverbs 1) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

-Sister in Christ, Inspire

 

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