Some times, as the parent of four kids you just need a break…the yelling and the fighting is just about enough to drive you crazy and you either remove yourself from the situation or slam your head against a wall.
Well last night I didn’t feel like slamming my head against a wall so I chose to send the kids downstairs. It was done in a very calm quiet voice…with a very Christ-like demeanor just in case you were wondering. Of course we parents know that a change of location is necessarily going to result in a change of behavior. The fighting…which a good parent would have already dealt with…continued we just couldn’t hear it as well. Also the content of the fight had changed. The kids decided to put on a rock concert. Phoebe was on the drums…Titus was on lead guitar and vocals…and Abram, well that is where the problem started. And just like any good band drama quickly ensued.
You see Abram didn’t want to play the pink guitar…but Phoebe wasn’t going to give up the drums either. We hear a short, ‘spirited’ conversation between the two followed quickly by stomps up the stairs… Abram makes it to the top of the steps first and begins his argument. Take turns…share…pink guitar…not fair yadda yadda yadda. Phoebes response was priceless, “But Daddy…Heeee……doesn’t want to rock with us.”
After I stopped laughing it got me thinking about the truth and the innocence of that statement. How often are we to busy griping and complaining about things we don’t like, and about not getting our own way that we miss out on the opportunity to rock. Are you fighting with people in your family when you should be rocking? Are you upset with things in your church when you should be rocking? Are you worrying about things at work when you should be rocking?
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to miss the chance to ROCK!