I am so happy when they "get it"!
Today, I got up and started working on my "chores". I was sitting at the computer, when the little one (age 9) called from the bedroom. I never really know what a call from the bedroom is going to entail, so….sometimes I walk, sometimes I run, sometimes I call back and sometimes I wait…..
This time I waited….. I waited to see how urgent the call really was. If it was urgent there would be another call. All of the other kids were still in bed, and I had left this one in my bed watching TV until I could get breakfast started.
There wasn’t another sound, so I let it go for a few minutes. Then I walked into the bedroom to put away some laundry and she asks, "Mom, should I change the channel?"
I asked, "What are you watching?"
She told me it was about some girls, some friends, and they were not being nice…. I really could not discern what in the world she had been watching, only that something in her little spirit said to her, "This is not right."
So, I asked, "What do you think?" and she responded, "I don’t think it is good for me to watch."
"Then change the channel. In fact, turn it off and let’s go have breakfast together."
It always seems like an uphill battle to protect your children. Everywhere we turn there is inappropriate language, immodesty, and blatant disregard for each other and God.
We had some issues with our computer. We had a filter, but the filter didn’t catch it all. We had issues with video games. We vigilantly monitored game ratings, the amount of time spent, etc.
Again, influences slipped through what we thought was our protection! We were not always on top of our game, but we are known as the worst parents in the community because "everyone else is allowed to do it!" So, we must be doing something right!
But, how frustrating is it that the opposition has such tenacity?. That evil is so persistent and vigilant to get at my children! It makes me mad.
I am forever quoting Phil 4:8. My kids roll their eyes and endure yet another podium moment from the drama queen mother.
"...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
This is our test, our litmus paper. The hard part is we can’t do it for them. We have to somehow teach them to protect themselves by turning away, turning it off, closing their eyes and ears and minds!
Some of them get "it", some of them don’t. Praise God this little one did- at least for today!