Thursday, September 13, 2007

Shining Like Stars

"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe."
Philippians 2:14-15

I had mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was reading Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture. Well, one of the tidbits that has stuck with me is the challenge to parent without complaining. I ride my kids for whining - but I'm equally guilty of this annoying habit. Am I shining? Not really. I'm just another one of the grumpy SAHMs who lists off all the awful things are kids are doing. Can I ever empathize with struggling moms - and probably even one-up them on stories. "You wouldn't believe what my son did last week..." But what if I just keep my mouth shut and offer encouragement instead. How much brighter would my own light shine, pointing them to our Heavenly Father. Something I'll continue to work on...


In Pursuit of His Call said...

I wonder if you're just seeking advice when you tell stories because sometimes I wonder if I'm complaining to others when I share what Little G has done, but really, I share these hardship stories to find out if others have experienced the same thing and how have they dealt with it...Anyway, you have such a great sense of humor that it doesn't really sound like you're complaining...You've been a great encouragement for me in how you parent and so you've shined brightly here...Just wanted to let you know that.

Trish D said...

I am *ALWAYS* in search of godly advice - but mostly I'm just sharing stories to encourage others. All our kids do goofy things, and no parent is perfect! I also look at this blog as a type of journal, so I also want to record some of the crazy moments for myself!