She looked up at me from her bike with those small brown eyes and that sweet dimpled smile. Her face was stained red from the raspberries she had just enjoyed. It was one of those moments where you had to take a second glance to see what it was. First thought, blood. Second thought, the more reasonable one, raspberries. Why as mothers do we always jump to the worst case scenario? I should have known it wasn’t serious when she was riding around on her bike smiling and laughing.
I constantly remind my sweet girl not to run on the concrete or watch where she is going, but does she listen? Rarely. What happens when we don’t listen? We get hurt, or in trouble. It is a reminder to me of Christ and His love and patience towards His children. He knows what is best for us, and what we need, but we think we know better than Him. He knows the whole picture and sees the bigger story of our entire life.
How do we respond to our children when they are disobedient? Are we patient? Or do we get angry at them? I admit, I don’t always respond the way that I know I should to my children. But, it is an incredible opportunity to teach your kids about forgiveness. When you ask them to forgive you, they see you being humble and meek. They watch you let down your guard and admit that you acted wrongly, and they see you asking then to accept your apology.
“Forgiveness is a two-way road… one must ask for it, and the other must accept it.”
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,Â but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.