it just doesn't matter! Many years ago, not long after my baptism, a dear older woman took me under her wing. One of the things she tried to teach me was that “If it doesn't matter in 100 years, it just doesn't matter” Unfortunately, I had forgotten this wise tidbit until this morning when it dawned on me that I had been getting worked up over little things for too long. I think “I should know better than this by now.” But my humanity overtakes my righteousness once again and down I fall.
Does it really matter…
…if there are crumbs on the counter from last night's dinner that dh made?
…if school doesn't go just as I have planned it?
… if my weekly home blessing doesn't get done because I'm spending time with the children?
…if things go the way I want them to
…if… (you get the picture)
But, it also dawned on me what does really matter. It does matters that my children are learning how to follow their Almighty Creator.
My sweet, strong-willed middle child and I had this discussion earlier today– when for the umteenth time, he was disrespectful, and rebellious. 100 years from now, his character will matter. More than anything else he can learn, he must learn how to be a young man of Godly character. This is an eternal problem.
I proceeded to explain to his precious little 6 year old mind that his character is more important than reading, writing and arithmetic. In fact, it is far more important than anything else he can “learn”. I am determined that if he never reads another book, or does another math problem– he will learn to be a man of integrity and character.
I think I have been focusing to much on the little things. Not looking at the big picture. Sometimes I wonder where we went wrong. We have “trained our chldren up in the way they should go” from the beginning. But I must say that I (esp.) have trained them up in some things behavior that is not very becoming of children, or, if I think about it, to a 40 year old adult either. Children do have a way to bring out all their parents flaws don't they?
Have a blessed day!