Today was a special milestone in my oldest daughters life. I took her to get her learners permit. For the past six months as we waited on this appointment day, she has inundated us with what she has been learning in her driving class. It’s so funny how kids feel as if they know more than you when they start to learn something new and as if they’ve been driving for the past twenty years. Although it can be a little annoying and I always have a comeback of, “girl, I’ve been driving longer then you!” it still stings because there is honesty and truth in what she is saying. She has reminded me that I don’t follow all the rules when driving, that there are consequences to turning last minute or I should place my hands at 10 and 2 on the wheel and not at the bottom center, which is most comfortable for me.
“…anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Mark 10:14
Yep, that’s what kiddos do, it is their “childlike” faith that makes us see our shortcomings. They place our faults on display, and anything new that they are presented with, by us, we expect them to follow and learn from it, right? Like following the word of God or a driving course. But again, it is convicting. I’m grateful that God has given me two wise young ladies that can show me, me, when I don’t see me. They respectfully give me truth from Gods word about my being slow to listen and quick to speak, and how I should treat people; and it doesn’t matter how they treat me, I am to be better. Something I’ve been working on. Seriously, I like comebacks. LOL Even if my comebacks are so right and so corny! I still should allow God to fight for me, be silent, Exodus 14:14, and humble myself and receive Him like a child.
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
So should we be upset and up in arms about our daughters learning from the things we have given them? No, we shouldn’t! We should embrace their knowledge and understanding of Gods word or the drivers class and go back to our innocents of when we first learned those things as well. See, years of doing and being content in our faith and our driving or other things in life we seem to slack up on, have put us in a place where we have stopped being rule followers. We take for granted the lessons learned, the consequences that could be had, we allow life to steer us away from truth and honesty and then we are called out on our not so perfect selves by those that are younger then us.
I can honestly say that I’m glad that my girls “call me out” on things. I’ve set an example for them and they are not too young to set an example for me when I have not lived up to the standards of righteousness. As we show our daughters the Way, let us be sure that we have an open heart to listen and learn from them as they have of us. Just because they are younger, doesn’t mean they don’t know things even when we’ve known well before them. Keep instilling truth and live by that truth, so that we are setting the example for our daughters in every area of our lives.
For His Glory,