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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Chronicles of Biscuit - Pullin' Weeds

The Chronicles of Biscuit: Stories about our youngest son, Tyler, whose nickname is Biscuit.

Sunday morning before worship, we had been discussing our afternoon plans.  My husband was preaching out of town that morning, then preaching here that evening....filling in for his brother, our minister.  I was taking the three oldest kids to a youth rally out of town, so Biscuit and his dad were going to be home together all afternoon.

Biscuit asked his dad what they could do together.  My husband said, "Pull weeds."  Biscuit responded (shockingly) with, "But, Dad, that's a woman's job!"  My husband asked Biscuit how he figured that it was a woman's job to pick the weeds to which Biscuit responded, "Because she ate the fruit first!"

My husband had a quick talk with Biscuit about his response:  "Women and men can pull weeds," "Attitudes like that aren't going to get you very far with the female population,"....things like that.  He didn't have time to go into deep discussion as he headed out the door.  Later that day I had all three boys - and our daughter, too -  in the kitchen helping get lunch on the table.  I asked Biscuit about his earlier conversation with his dad and explained that, yes.....it was the woman who ate the fruit first, but asked him who the head of the house was supposed to be.  He answered correctly - the man. (Although he quickly pointed out that Adam and Eve probably didn't have a house!  OH THAT BOY!!!)

We all talked about how Adam should have done what was right, no matter what Eve said.  We talked about how Satan tempted Eve first and she gave in and then how she tempted Adam.  We agreed that they were both guilty, because they both were.  She did sin first, but it didn't really matter.  They both sinned and it changed life forever because of it.

Biscuit seemed to be doing what a lot of us do some times.....blame someone else for our mistakes.  It's easier to put blame on someone else than it is to just admit that we've failed.  We don't want to be wrong.  We don't want to mess up.  We don't want to admit that we have sinned against man or against God.  We'd rather blame.

My husband has a sermon that says to blame we are "being lame.....it's "b + lame".  The definition of lame in this sense is "weak and ineffectual; unsatisfactory".  So when we blame, we're being weak...ineffectual....unsatisfactory.  Those words aren't too appealing, are they?  Not at all!  None of us want to be though of as weak, do we?  What about ineffectual or unsatisfactory?  Nope!

Owning up to wrong-doing is the quickest way to get back on the road to "right doing"!  It's the quickest way to get back to being strong and effective!  It's the quickest way to get back to doing what God wants us to do.

On this GRATITUESDAY, I am thankful for the conversation Biscuit had with his dad Sunday morning.  Biscuit learned a lesson that day and I'm guessing that the next time we have weeds to pull, he'll be elected to do that duty!  Funny how the strangest conversations end up making great teaching points for children.  God's Word is best taught when it is lived out in every day life.  Never waste those little moments.  They'll affect your child for eternity.

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