Life on a Limb
I need to talk out loud for a moment. Actually, write out loud. I would say I’m going out on a limb here, but who am I kidding? I live my life on a limb. In this moment, in these years of my children’s lives, I believe that their spirituality is a direct reflection of my spirituality. In fact, in this point in the game I dare say a carbon copy. This is dead serious. Especially considering my children attend public school. Public school, just like real life, is a bloody battlefield. Shame on Jon and I when our children are wounded in battle, all because we didn’t have them fully protected with the armor of God. Hold on to your butts ya’ll. This is going to get rough.
The armor of God for a child? You betcha. It is up to Jon and I to strap it on and keep it tight, so those babies know what actions to take in warfare. Yes. Warfare. If you don’t believe me you need to talk to your kid more. Junk is going down all around them in the classroom, and their teachers hands are tied. With baseball practice, homework, bills, and the grocery store we can easily sweep the severity of the battle under the rug, but the stakes are higher than they have ever been, in the history of all battles that have ever been. Is it getting hot in here or is it just me?
I don’t feel the spiritual battle pressing in every moment of every day. Sometimes, I’m so worn out from work, I give two thumbs up to violent video game massacres for long periods of time. How many TV shows have we watched that in my spirit felt questionable? I let it slide. When “boots with the fur” comes on, I crank that mess up and drop it like it’s hot. I just hope they are not paying that much attention to the words. Blame it on my inner stripper. You see, I have quick excuses that are usually really funny. That is how satan delivers my lies. In laughable packages. He knows I like funny. A funny excuse makes it doable. How does satan deliver yours lies? Whew. Excuse me while I get a drink of water.
With every compromise I make, I am loosening the belt of truth, taking off the breast plate of righteousness, and laying aside the sword of the spirit, and I am showing my children how to do the same. It doesn’t take many compromises to get to weak to hold up the shield of faith. Do you know what is even scarier than my children’s spirituality being a direct reflection of my own? Knowing that very soon…. it won’t be.
My parenting rule of thumb is to take every situation head on. Because I know HOW to handle the situation, doesn’t always mean I know WHAT to do in the situation. Last week was a rough week in middle school, y’all. We dealt with several heavy situations. I knew I was in the midst of a very teachable moment. Honey, I had my bud nippers out and dealt with it head on, but I couldn’t help but feel I hadn’t had Mason as equipped as he should have been, because I wasn’t as equipped as I should have been. What is a girl to do? I drug that boys butt to the alter that’s what. I asked God to forgive me and I asked Mason to forgive me. Teachable moment in deed.
I realize my blog is dangerously close to a diary. That’s okay. I will stick my own head on a public chopping block all the day long if it helps others. I figure we all might as well get the good out of my lessons. One of these days, when I get all my ducks in a row, I will tell you how to get your’s in a row too. Until then, you can watch my circus.
We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:10-20