Monday, October 24, 2011

Claiming and Defending

Theme for October: Identity
"We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the faint hearted,
help the weak, be patient with everyone."
1 Thessalonians 5:14 NASB
Mom's Musing:
While sitting at a crowded high school football game I overheard a group of four kids making comments about the dance-line. It was half-time and the dancers were performing. The comments were highly negative. The four adults directly in front of the students were shuffling in their seats. Finally the older woman turned around, looked directly at the boy making the most offensive remarks and said,"That's my granddaughter you are talking about." She stated that fact gently and firmly. The kids were embarrassed and apologized.
I had to resist the urge to give Grandma a high-five. She handled the situation with grace, love, and truth. My instinct would have been to "Let 'em have it." That wouldn't have been effective. With her seven words she put a stop to the ugly comments, caused the kids to think about their ridiculing words, and she defended her granddaughter.  Go Granny!
Parenting Tip: When defending family members speak up but be gentle and firm using few words.

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