"You hate me!"
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard those words in my house, my bank account would be recession-proof.
If the same applied to “It’s not fair!” and “You don’t understand!”, you’d be lookin’ at the next Bill Gates.
Apparently, the older my children get, the more emotionally and intellectually challenged I become.
The latest evidence? Last weekend, my 13-year-old daughter wanted to go to the fair with her friend.
Molly: Yea, you can just drop us off and pick us up around 10 p.m.
Me: Umm, no.
Molly: No?! Are you going to go around with us and hold our hands?! Please, mom, no!! You don’t understand! We want our independence!
Mike (Dad): Here’s the deal. Either mom and I or another adult is going or you can’t go.
Molly: Other adults will be there.
Me: Yes, Molly, I know. We’re not talking about random adults who also happen to be going to the fair.
Molly: Oh, come on!
Kids assume love means getting their way. All the time.
My husband said recently, “A lot of times, I think it’s hard for her (Molly) to feel like we love her because a lot of what we do doesn’t feel like love.”
Quite frankly, love is a battlefield.
Sometimes I feel weak – not up to the fight. But retreat is not an option. One day my kids will be glad I did battle.
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
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