When your week gets off to a rough start, begin again with the calming influence of prayer.
Posted in , Jun 7, 2017
Mondays are hard for my 15-year-old. She doesn’t like school, has had a few days of freedom, and 6 a.m. rolls around long before her brain is organized for dealing with the day. This week I was in a similar state, exhausted from co-chairing my college reunion over the weekend.
Thus when my child’s first words whined their way into my weary ears, my muscles instinctively tightened. At the second groan-and-grumble my jaw clenched. And by the time my offspring finally plopped down and began to eat, waves of angry heat were pulsing through my body. “Don’t say it!” I warned myself, as I felt my temper rising, “Don’t feed the beast!” But I was just too tired. When a particularly offensive objection emerged from my child’s mouthful of cereal, I retorted with unpleasant words of my own.
When my grandson was having problems with relationships in a new job, I knew right where to send him—the Guideposts website, where he’d be able to read the work of Dr. Norman Vincent Peal. My grandson is finding it helpful not only at work but in his relationships in general. - JANE C., Cumming, Georgia
Sigh. Will I ever learn? It's true that letting my tongue loose gives my feelings an outlet…but that vent usually leads straight into a tougher situation. The line between saying what needs to be said and saying too much is not what I'm looking at when I’m mad. It's a sad fact that–for me, at least–the path to sin is often paved with words that are better left unsaid.
It took quite a while to rein in tempers and get my teen out the door. Once that finally happened, I sat down and re-began my day with prayer. It’s one of the great blessings of faith: It teaches us that no day is ruined, for at any point in time we can re-set our hearts on God and begin again.
When my heart was finally calm I texted my child to say I was sorry. I received a text of apology in return. I thanked the Lord that we were back on track–with Monday, with forgiveness, with living our lives the way He prefers.