Good thing they have a wise, godly mother to guide them on their way.
Oh, wait. Back that train up.
Do they? I had a major, eye-opening, wake-up call a couple of weeks ago. Here it is. See if you catch it:
"Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult." (Pr. 12:16)
"A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense." (Pr. 19:11)
Yikes! Did you see WHO the fool is here? Shouldn't it read "the one who annoys is the fool"?!?! Really? The one who GETS annoyed is the fool?!?
I'm not proud to admit that one of my 3 year old's favorite sounds to make when he's perturbed is a sort of exasperated, sigh/groan thing. And I really wish I didn't know where he got it.
But at least I get annoyed at noble things like the trash not being taken out, toy semis that won't stay hitched to their trailer, children not eating the food I prepare and potty training. I mean, if I'm going to sin, at least it's over something that really matters.
<Sigh> Yes, the exasperated sigh/groan thing that I mentioned above because I'm really annoyed at my foolishness.
How in the world is this fool supposed to help my kids turn from their foolish ways? If I can't get it right, how can I expect them to?
But there is some hope.
Wisdom yields patience and it is to one's glory to overlook an offense. (See 2nd verse above)
There is an all-wise God who is ever so patient with me and chose to overlook all of my offenses through his Son, Jesus Christ.
He is the Source of the grace and wisdom I need to stop the eye-rolling and moaning.
As Scotty Smith asks God in his book, Everyday Prayers, "Give me gospel brightheartedness and gospel thick-skinnedness." (p. 42). And I am well aware how bright hearted and thick skinned I must be to overlook the seemingly incessant offenses of a toddler and preschooler.
I am thankful for the conviction. (Funny aside: In a weird sort of way, I really appreciate conviction nowadays. It used to discourage me because I realized yet ANOTHER imperfection in my life. The way I see it now: I KNOW the imperfection is there. If I'm not seeing it, I'm blinded by pride and I'm glad when the Lord shows me the state of my heart.)
Anyway, I'm thankful for the conviction. Because the conviction has led to repentance. The repentance brought the forgiveness of God. And now, by God's grace, I will see more clearly my tendency to get annoyed, which will hopefully lead me into this cycle (conviction - grace) more quickly.
And with time, hopefully my boys' mama will wisely overlook more offenses than she foolishly groans at.