Mornings are not my best times, but they’re hard to avoid with two small children. Children who are A.W.A.K.E. before 7am. Children who jump and scream and turn on all the water faucets as soon as their eyes open. Children who want to eat immediately. Mornings – in the best of circumstances – make me grumpy.
Today’s confession is probably a repeat, but I find it necessary in some cases. Mornings being one of them.
I will be kind.
Lots of people know the part of scripture that says, “Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude” (1 Corinthians 13:4). And a lot of people correctly substitute Jesus’ name in place of the word ‘love.’ Jesus is patient and kind. Jesus is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. But how often do we associate these words with our own actions?
Today, when my littles spray water on the dog and on each other, when they refuse to eat what I’ve prepared for them (what they’ve ASKED for), and when they run from me with something I desperately need, I will say today’s confession in my head. Then I will say it out loud. I will be kind because love is kind, because Jesus is kind, and because it’s good for my spirit. And after I say it out loud, I will chase my littles down and…
I will hug them.
What will you do today?