I can see myself....
...in the way Elijah screams when he's frustrated.
...in the stubborn look Selah gives when things don't go her way.
...in Isaac's desire to please and be "a good boy".
...in the defiance that rises up in Talitha when faced with restrictions.
...yes, even in Micah's complete focus on his baby-desires.
It's a warped version, but it's undeniable. That's me....*my* stubborness, *my* selfishness, *my* defiance and even my desire to appear like I've got it all together. Ugh. It's NOT a pretty picture.
Yet what a blessing! If I see these things in my children, if it's ME reflected in them, there's an easy way to deal with it: change. I don't have to change them, change others, change the world. I have to change me! At least that's something I can actually do ~ with the mighty power of my God, that is!
So the next time your children are defiant, stubborn, obnoxious, unkind, lazy or selfish.....ask yourself if you can see your reflection. Then ask God to help YOU!