Albert Einstein once said, "In the middle of difficulty likes opportunity."
When I read the quote prompt for this week, I couldn't help but think of this post that I just wrote last week, in which I shared about a little flare up of bad behavior from Amanda. But look at the italicized part in this quote from my post--
So, apparently my parenting skills have been so lax of late, that saying no to your mom is not deemed as something "really bad." So, I am accepting responsibility. And I feel okay about the whole situation. Because I did stand firm then, and we discussed it on the way home, she now knows that it is absolutely not acceptable, and we have set the bar. We've told her that she will be penalized or punished each time she tells us no or refuses to do what we've asked her in reasonably short order.
I didn't really elaborate on that statement then, but apparently Albert Einstein and I think alike. That was what I meant by being okay with the whole situation. If the difficulty never occured, we would not have had a chance to unequivacably state our expectations. It's okay, because of our response. We took the opportunity to restate, and perhaps even raise the bar, on our expectations of her behavior. The difficulty served as a reminder to her, but I think more importantly, to us as well, in how diligent we need to be in coaching her.
This is the cornerstone of Romans 8:28, "All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose." Good lies in the opportunity. Life can definitely be difficult. Do you learn life's lessons, or do you keep making the same mistakes over and over again? How do you handle your difficulties, and thus model for your children how they should respond--as something to hold on to and foster bitterness, or as an opportunity to learn from?
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