Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Calling All Writers....
I beamed. It was working. I was a good mother and had taught my son well. There on the playground was a mob of preschool boys tying another boy around a pole with a jump rope. My son stood away from the group, a look of horror. He was not taking part. Sure, he wasn't standing up and defending the victim, but his choice of no action was pretty advanced for a four-year-old...or so I thought.
The teacher saw and intervened. I walked over to my oldest, got down to his level, and said, "I'm so glad you weren't doing what those other boys were."
"There wasn't any room left on the jump rope."
Reality. This wasn't a budding act of social justice, this was the stark reality of him being left out of the fun.
We try though, right? We strive to teach our children to love God and love others. This is especially hard in a world surrounded by so many other examples contrary to the Golden Rule and other shared Christ-values.
Just the other day my second son was quite upset while watching The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He hates "bad" guys. He hates seeing good people get hurt. I comforted him, "Don't worry, the bad guy gets it in the end." That isn't what I'm wanting to teach. I was mad at my response to gain the quick fix. I was angry I had allowed them to watch that movie. I want to teach forgiveness. I want my sons to know there is a final Judge, and they are not him.
Sometimes I think I do it right. Sometimes God is gracious to me as a mother. What is your story? What are your successes and what are the moments you've vowed to learn from and do differently the next time?
I'm so excited to hear and gather these stories. Melanie Mock and I are co-editing a book where we hope to do this very thing. Share. Encourage. Support.
We are working with Barclay Press on this project. Please click on the image above to read more about our writer's guidelines/call for submissions. Please e-mail me directly if you have any questions.
Also, if you have a blog we'd appreciate it if you'd spread the word and send readers back to this post through a link. I look forward to the comments and stories. All submissions are due June 1, 2010.