I shared with all of you about 3 weeks ago that I had decided to quit all my mom duties in an attempt to teach my 14 year old a life lesson, namely, obedience. I was tired of him not placing enough value on obeying me. Too often, his excuse was, “I forgot.”
“I forgot” = disobedience. Period. Plain and simple.
But it goes even beyond that. “I forgot” too often comes when we don’t value and respect the person who has issued the command or request, at least not enough to remember. My child, I determined, did not value me enough as his mother to honor my requests and do what I had instructed him to do. My issue was not that he forgot, it was that he didn’t place enough priority on remembering.
I know my child loves me, but does he love me enough to obey me?
So…I’ve gotten tired of reminding the younger person who lives in my house to do what he already knows he is suppose to do. He knows; he just forgets…or so he tells me.
For example, every morning I say, “Go feed and water the chickens and get the eggs.” Down he goes to the coop. Back he comes. Did he feed and water and get eggs? No. What did he do? I don’t know. It’s a complete mystery.
Not long after my first son was born, I remember sitting in the nursery rocking him to sleep when out of the blue I realized that one day, I would have to give him away. It felt like I had been stabbed in the heart. I still remember the sadness that fell over me as the reality that one day some “bad girl” would take my boy from me sank in. Seriously, I already didn’t like her and I didn’t even know if she had been born yet. It’s a little embarrassing to admit that.
A little later, I confessed my struggle to a mother whose son had just married. She looked me dead in the eyes and said, “You better start praying about that now, because it will happen.”
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