I don’t know whether it’s too much time on Twitter or the fact that I spend most of time conversing with the under-four crowd. But sometimes I have a hard time following a reasoned argument for more than, say, 140 characters. So I’ve been thankful for these little bits of wisdom that have been stuck in my head lately, providing me with meaty but bite-sized food for thought.
In your parenting, be more angry at sin than at folly.
This is so hard, because folly is so annoying in the moment. But it’s been a good challenge to stop in the moment of the spilled milk, the mud-splattered Sunday clothes, or the shattered glassware and consider: Was this outcome the result of impulsivity or immaturity, or of defiance or malice? The answer can help me determine whether my child needs to be disciplined or instructed.
(Source: a blog, which I cannot find again, on parenting advice from the Puritans)
The opposite of lazy is not “busy,” but “fruitful.”
There’s so much to be said about this, I might come back to it in a longer post. I think we’ve all bought into this idea that busyness is a measure of worth and importance, when the truth is that anyone with two thumbs and a data plan can keep busy all day long. The question is not, “can you fill up a day with tasks and appointments?” but “what are you doing with the time you’ve been given?” Are you devoting your time to things that will bear fruit, or are you squandering your energy on things that won’t matter in the long run?
(Source: an actual conversation–gasp!– with my little sister Leslie, who is growing up to be quite a wise woman.)
TwitterUser: Arguing with a toddler. Child, you will not win!
HonestToddler: If you’re arguing we already did. lol
(Source: @HonestToddler on Twitter)
We’re drawn to the lurid because it lets us feel superior, but we’re drawn even more powerfully to the hopeful because it reminds us of the One who is truly Superior, and that provides the most long-term reassurance of all.
Diane Medved considers two stories competing for headlines: an unfolding political scandal in New York City with the arrival of the new Royal Baby.
Our Lord tells us, that “every idle word that men speak, they will give account of in the day of judgment.” And He adds, “By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
There are few of our Lord’s sayings which are so heart-searching as this. There is nothing, perhaps, to which most men pay less attention than their words. They go through their daily work, speaking and talking without thought or reflection, and seem to imagine that if they do what is right, it matters but little what they say.
This is worth tattooing on the texting and status-updating thumbs of every one of us.
And along those lines…
Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.
(Source: J.C. Ryle, quoted at The Old Guys blog, and Proverbs 18:2)
And on that note, I’ll stop for today.