I spent the greater part of my morning explaining to my 8 year old why less is more when it comes to cologne. He was concerned with the fact that I had rolled the windows down on the car ride to school, worried that his cologne would dissipate.
Much to my chagrin (and the chagrin of his teacher, I am sure), it didn’t.
The other part of my morning was spent explaining to my 6 year old why dancing to “Wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy” in the school talent show was not appropriate. Perhaps, it’s the line, “brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack,” I don’t know. And, if it takes a village to raise children, I need my village to tighten up the ship. Or the village. Or whatever. In other words, I need my dad to pay more attention to the “prizes” Anna chooses when she is with him.
So, she doesn’t come home with a doll that looks like this.
Yes, those are vampire teeth and werewolf ears.
For. The. Love.
And, to think I took a stance against Bratz dolls in our home in this post.
We definitely choose our battles in this house. Apparently, we don’t choose this battle:
And, the battles we fight now are not the battles we fought two years ago. Nor, will they be the battles we fight two years from now. But, we fight the ones that matter. And, quite frankly, most of the battles I fight right now are my own. The battle of choosing to make memories with my children over a clean house. The battle of choosing the house of the Lord over a soccer game. The battle of seeking God over my selfish desires. Because, it’s these battles that win the hearts of my children and point them towards the One who loves them more.
In the book of Ruth, Naomi didn’t set out to ruin her children. But, she chose pleasure and temporary comfort over serving the King. As a result, her children suffered.
Choosing Him in every area of my life is really the most crucial battle in raising my children. And, while I can rest in the fact that God redeemed Naomi’s life, I know that choosing Him today will make these child-rearing years better. And, they will be better because of it.
It’s in fighting these battles that I enjoy moments like these.
It’s in choosing Him that I am really choosing them.