I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
-1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT
Do you ever have one of those days where the kids won’t stop fighting, and your patience has run thin? My two teenage children are amazing. Like most of us neither of them is perfect nor am I. (Can I just say how grateful I am for Jesus in those times?) It just seems to be one of those days where they can’t get along, and I’m struggling to have patience with them about it. I am writing this post because God gave me an amazing idea, just as I was at the brink of meltdown mode, and I wanted to share it with you.
“You need to put them to work!” He said. The Lord reminded me that team work makes the dream work! I know it’s a funny saying but God does call us to get along as a team so we can be united and stay focused on His purpose for us. I was now determined to make the dream work. So how was I going to show that to my kids today? Well it just so happens that we had a big grill/smoker that needed to be assembled and I gathered the troops to help me out.
Of course, at first, they weren’t two peas in a pod about it, but they are respectful, good kids, so they gathered the tools needed and followed my direction. It was a little rough at first, but we pushed through. I reminded them and myself that we need to get along as a team for this project to go smoothly.
Finally, about forty-five minutes in, (did I mention we are a bit stubborn?) encouragement and hard work paid off. One of them broke the ice and decided to make a joke about how they were Bob the Builder and the other one was Handy Manny. Ahh the breakthrough moment when, on their own, they decided to put aside arguing and have some fun with the task at hand. As they continued building they now also debated if Bob or Manny was a better cartoon builder! I must admit it softened my heart as well to see them joking about childhood memories as the project pressed on. I, too, was learning how to be patient and help them work it out.
By the time they had finished they not only had a good time and felt accomplished, but they had spent well over three hours helping each other out and learning to get along better. (It was peaceful bliss!) They even had fist bumps and high-fives for each other as they admired their handy work.
It was my purpose that day to show them that sometimes when things are heated we all just need to remember that we are on God’s team and if we work together in harmony we can accomplish great things. I know I needed that reminder and I’m glad God uses us as parents to teach that to the amazing kids He has entrusted us with!