My Fitness

Sunday, August 2, 2015

speak softly



When your child speaks to you “with attitude” you have options. You can decide to “teach her a lesson” and speak harshly with attitude back. Or you can use this opportunity to love and serve her and speak back with grace and humility. Harsh words will only escalate tension and strife. You can choose instead to win your child’s heart by speaking softly. You can choose instead to be an adult. You can choose instead to see that she is still learning tone and inflection and respect for others. Or you can choose to see the worst and lose your child’s heart one sarcastic or biting response at a time. Demonstrate those character traits you wish to see develop in your child. Mirroring their behavior teaches that this is acceptable behavior. Mirroring Christ’s behavior teaches that his is acceptable behavior. The choice is harder if these traits weren’t demonstrated to you as you developed but you can do it through the strength of Christ. 

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 
Train up a child in the way he should go; 
even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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