Last week was kind of a tough week in the Blann home.
Not anything of major proportions- no illnesses or major catastrophes, just those tough moments when you have to choose - character or carnality. And I'm talking about all 5 of us. It kind of all crescendoed on Thursday.
But~ I ~along with the rest of my family learned some lessons and I pray we grew in our faith as followers of Jesus Christ.
I learned that God is a much better parent than I ever hope to be.
I learn more about God by being a parent.
There are times - this past week was one of them - that I want to make everything easier for my kids. I want to go nose to nose with a coach, a teacher, or a peer and give them the "what for" because they cause pain or hurt to my children. But I know that my children will grow into better adults if I let them learn to face these issues themselves.
I have to say, I love and respect my kids a lot, but after this week, I think I have some pretty awesome kiddos! :)
Without sharing too much information about our personal lives let me say that we have all cried this past week. There have been hurt feelings and hurt pride. The ones who either unknowingly or knowingly hurt my children, I honestly wanted to simply BOP them upside their head!
But my children!..... What examples they have been to their carnal mom! I have been amazed that at their young ages they chose character over carnality.
I don't think I would have chosen that path when I was their age. As a matter of fact, I know that I didn't.
During one of our long talks with one of the kids, I heard God speak to my heart to share His wisdom. After I spoke the words, I knew they came from God and not me. I want to sum that conversation up for you and share His wisdom:
"YOU are the only one who determines your character.
God has already determined your value."
We choose our character by one choice at a time.
God chose our value by one choice for all time.
Character is built by attitudes, beliefs, circumstances and decisions.
Our value was determined by the sacrifice of God's only Son on our behalf.
When we choose to live by godly character we live up to the value He placed in us.
Everyone has character - rather good or bad.
We must choose what face our character will have.
Will it look like Jesus, or will it look like the world?
Character or Carnality?
Which do you choose?
Just some thoughts for you to think about on this Monday in February.....