Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sorry Into Action

We've been having this little problem around our house.  This problem involves ears that don't seem to listen, brains that don't seem interested in comprehension, mouths that seem to be quite liberated and free flowing with their words, and these little electronic devices called iPods.

Several days ago I asked my youngest little blessing to do something, and as if in a trance, she moseys about and half heartedly did the task I asked her to do.  I look up a few seconds later and she's plopped up on the couch in an iPod coma.

I looked at her and then at what I had asked her to do, and let's just say Momma wasn't too happy about this little situation we found ourselves in. 

Comatosely unaware of my dissatisfaction, she sat contently playing her game while I stood before her fuming. 

I'll leave the rest of the details out except to say that after much weeping and gnashing of teeth,  the little iPod is now in Momma's possession and the job I asked her to do was done properly.

A couple of days later the youngest little blessing comes to me asking for said electronic device back, and I was quickly able to roll examples from my brain as to why she still could not have her electronic friend back into her sweet little hands.

After my list of examples, those sweet little hands flung around my waist, her chin lifted toward the ceiling, and she tried to break me with the most innocent repentant voice she could muster:
But I'm sorry, Mom!
Let's just say, Momma's ain't that easy.

Well, Brenna, if you ever want your iPod back, you had better learn to put that "sorry" into action!

And, yes, the iPod is still in my possession, tucked safely in one of my secret hiding places.

As soon as I told my daughter that she needed to put that sorry into action, I felt that Holy Spirit nudge and I had to ask myself a question or two. 

Do I treat God the same way?  Do I say I'm sorry, but never put sorry into action? 

If I don't, I'm not really sorry then, am I?

What about you? 

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  1. I JUST had this discussion this evening with one of my boys. Thank you for sharing.. it is so affirming when God reminds me of the same thing repeatedly!

  2. hahaha....I just studied this....the 3rd stage of abuse is a "period of contrition". One will say they are sorry and promise all kinds of things, but it is short-lived and will soon restart the cycle if no consequences are present...Good Job, Momma! As for me and God......ouch!

  3. Hi Amy,
    Great thought/question. I've been thinking about this a lot since a conversation my husband had with our 4 year old. My husband was asking if Asher would go anywhere Jesus wanted him to go and do anything and our son said he would say to God, "in one minute right when I'm finished with my blog". Ah! I had no idea the way I was responding to him was going to be how he responded to the Lord. Eye opening.

    1. I know exactly what you mean. Many times my girls will say something or act a certain way and I know they got it directly from me, and most of the time, it's not an action I'm proud of!


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