When Wrong Turns Happen

“I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road.” C.S. Lewis The Great Divorce
 
I have been attending a women’s Bible study in Danville.  The drive there each week consists of many twisted backroads that make you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.  I have finally mastered all the turns on the way there, without using my GPS!  However, on the way back I almost always miss the first turn.  I don’t know why.  It comes up fast and it is often several minutes before I realize that I must turn around.   On my most recent trip to Bible study I once again missed the turn, but discovered it right away.  I was so proud of myself that it didn’t take as long to turn around that time!
 
I have been parenting for over thirteen years (that’s a story for a different day).  You would think that I should know my way around by now.  That I would know what roads lead to peace in my home and the hearts of my children.  That I wouldn’t often miss turns.  WRONG!!  I still make many of the same mistakes over and over.  I miss signs of tiredness, needs for attention, hunger…. all things that might contribute to a child acting differently than if those needs were met.  
 
God has grown my heart in repenting with my children.  There was a time when I would hold on to anger and be unwilling to yield.  I am happy to say that often now after I make that wrong turn in parenting I realize quickly that I need to turn around.  I stop, take a minute and pray.  I ask God to tell me what to say to the child that I need to ask for forgiveness from for my harsh tone, unwillingness to listen or quickness to anger.  I am thankful to God that He helps me get back on the right road.  “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:18 “Pursue peace…looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble.” Hebrews 12: 14-15

Because of Jesus,

Michelle Clinton Children’s Minister

Proverbs 3:5-6