This weekend, we were given a day downtown Chicago by some friends. It was awesome! I have always wanted to try paddle boarding and I got the chance. I started getting the hang of it, after I fell off while trying to climb, ever so gracefully, onto the dock from my paddle board. (Think: white knuckling it on the dock, while white toeing it on my board. and you should have a pretty good picture of the situation. 🙂 We also went jet-skiing, which hubs and I love to do as well. Growing up in Minnesota and being by or in water so much, I forget how much I miss having a day in the water. It was one of those perfectly hot days, where you went back to your car, exhausted from sun, laughter and trying new things…as well as the wind and water. It is the best feeling!
As we were walking back to our car, one of our kids wanted to jump on every bench, curb, embankment and slope. We were a little tired and said, “This is the time of day that you get hurt. Why don’t you just walk (i.e. like a normal person!) on the sidewalk?” It wasn’t a big deal, just a suggestion to make life easier. What happens not two minutes later? The same little darling falls off a bench and skins the TOP of their ankle. How does that even happen?
My first instinct was to give a lecture. “See, if you would have listened to mom & dad, you wouldn’t have hurt yourself….yaddah, yaddah…” Not a great way to end a beach day. So, I kept it in.
But, while the injured child was wailing in the back seat for the next ten minutes or so (does that happen to anyone else, or just us?), I got to thinking…mainly because it was too loud to talk…that it was a great picture of how we all think we know best & end up injuring our bodies or our hearts in the process. We make a decision to do something that we think is harmless. Or, we want to do something. i.e. move, take a job, buy a car, go to school, quit a job, start dating, get engaged, etc. The point is, we really don’t ask for anyone’s opinion. And, even if someone jumps out there to give one, we don’t receive it warmly. We generally do what we want to do.
When we do that, sometimes we get hurt. We fall down, get bruised and have to live out the consequences.
We could have saved ourselves a lot of time, heartache and frustration IF we would just ask a few trustworthy people what their opinion is, BEFORE we made the decision, BEFORE we got our hearts invested, BEFORE we were in a do-or-die situation.
We actually have a thing in our home that we say, “Stay Teachable”. (Usually, it is my daughter saying it to her older brother when she is trying to teach him something he doesn’t want to be taught. Doesn’t go over very well.) But, it really is a great lesson for all of us, throughout our lives. Because when we are teachable, that also means we are humble. And humility is really the heart of God.
Proverbs 9:9 -Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
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