Each day is filled with teachable moments. Most are overlooked in our busyness. However, when we intentionally look for and key in on these opportunities, much can be gleaned.
A mom was complaining that her children NEVER get the public recognition they deserve. As moms, we want our kids to succeed, and we want other people to recognize how special and outstanding they are. When public recognition doesn’t happen, we may call “foul” and claim “no fair”! Although this may be a fairly normal response, it is not a biblical response. Moms, our kids hear and see our response, giving them permission to act the same.
So what does the Bible say about such things?
“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
The italics are mine for our attention. Do you notice the pattern here? We and our children should not be doing things for our own applause, but rather so others praise and glorify God. If we live with this mindset, we will not be tripped up and insulted when others do not notice our accomplishment or good deed. Plus, if our children grasp this concept at a young age much drama and heartache can be avoided.
This is just one example of a teachable moment, and it is twofold:
- Attitude check for Mom
- Relate it to the kids. Help them learn to do what is right for the right reason – so God will be praised.
Pay attention to the teachable moments God gives you, and use those moments to help yourself and your kids live life in ways that cause others to give God praise.