Youngest has been attending a gym class at the YMCA twice a week. On Monday, I had a couple of things that I needed to pick up at Target, so I decided to make a relaxing hour of it. (Pretty sad when you look forward to an hour of quiet at Tarjay for a reprieve from the demands of life!)
I made my first stop Starbucks. Tall triple soy latte, no foam. Two shots decaf, one shot regular. Didn’t want to overindulge!
As I perused the aisles, I came across something far better than the materialism that Target has to offer. Most of us know the lure of Target – spending far more than we intended to spend when we walked through the doors. This time, I honed in not on material goods, but on a person. A mother, to be exact. With five kids, all appeared to be under the age of 5, and all appeared to be her genetic material.
Yes, there were twins involved. Maybe even triplets. Let me tell you, she was the epitome of manners and grace. I wanted to follow her around the store, just to listen to her kind words to her children and their polite requests as well. Why is it that God gifts certain women with patience and such gentleness (she did, after all, decide to take all five kids to Target, and didn’t appear to be one bit harried) while others of us find ourselves grumbling for patience over the personality of just one child? I was so blessed by her. And inspired to take a deep breath and be a more patient, kind, and gentle mother. To require better manners of our three sons.
Funny how a stranger can help us snap our thought life into focus.
I write this to remind myself about this experience and how it affected me, but also to encourage you. If a mother of five little ones can parent with such beautiful patience and grace, so can you and I. Last night I dreamt that Oldest was graduating from high school. He’s a Sophomore now, so that time is not very far away. We can’t get time back, but with God’s help, we can redeem what we feel has been allowed to go askew.
I do believe I’ve just laid another challenge before myself! Anyone else inspired to practice a day of quiet patience and model good manners for those around us?
I’ll leave you with this one last thought. Came across it in my morning devotion. So applicable to today’s challenge.
I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
image 1 & 2 via pinterest. image 3 is mine.