I got a call from our youngest daughter yesterday to say “Thank you!” For a moment my heart swelled with that wow, she really just called to say thank you, what for? Then, in her very next breath, she said “DAMN YOU MOM for teaching us kids to be efficient!”
It is Monday; I’m in Bakersfield doing the shopping; I’m in Costco at the time so I had to pause a minute. What was she talking about “Thank you; Damn you” for? What did I DO?
“Oh Mom”, she says, “You know you taught us all to be efficient and get things done! I’m all packed and ready to move and just waiting for my help to get here. Plus the chick with the couch won’t be home until around 8 pm. Maybe if her mom gets home and if this and maybe that! It is driving me nuts!”
Stop the bus! Say What! You call and tell me ‘Thank you’ all sweet and cute and then complain because me and your dad have thought you to get it done and do the job well? Okay, we are on the same page now. She also sent a text to her Dad, so he would know that she was saying ‘Thank you’.
YOU’RE WELCOME HONEY!!!
This is our daughter who will be 22 soon. She is getting her first place, all by herself! She moved to the Coast a few years ago to go to culinary school. She graduates next week. The whole time she has been in school she has rented a room from someone. She finally has a place of her own.
She has worked hard and will now be on her own! I pray God’s protection for her as always. It has been a joke in our family that I don‘t worry about our children when they are not at home, because I just picture them all in bed at nine o’clock each night, safe and sound. Well, in my heart they are, and God is in control; they are His children.
Funny thing is; this is not the first phone call that we have gotten like this! Well, maybe the first one with the “DAMN YOU!” But she is the most out going. Each one of our kids, at some point in life, asked “WHY!”
Why did you have to raise us with work ethics, morals, and values and teach us to be reasonable? One had even made the comment at one point about taking up smoking just to get a break at work. (Of course she didn’t)
Gods word tells us to in Colossians 3:17- “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Not only is that something important to teach our children, but something to remember each day ourselves. Know that you work as if for the Lord each day.
Your kids are not the only one’s watching; the world is watching too. Let your work be part of your testimony.