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Not So Fast! | Kelley Deases
S~ What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame? Proverbs 25:7-8 (NIV)
O~ I have many a journal entry wherein I struggle with making snap judgments, speaking out of turn and/or flying off the handle before I have all the facts. These chapters are chock full of wisdom for life, including this verse about not being hasty to run into court and argue your case.
A~ This school year has started on a bit of a bumpy note for my fifth grader and, thus, for his parents as well. He has a new teacher who is still acclimating to the new school and its culture. But we are, admittedly, new to the fifth grade and to “pre-middle school” preparation. Between a sick day in the second week of school, the homework load, an upcoming project and after-school activities, we have experienced a couple communication breakdowns. Our tendency as parents is to listen only to the version of events as relayed by our ten-year-old and want to charge into the classroom in his defense. But as we should know full well from interactions in our own home, our child has been known to skew facts in his favor or omit unfavorable details. His dad and I need to take this verse to heart. As James urges, we “should be quick to listen (to our boy AND his teacher), slow to speak and slow to become angry.” 1:19 Failing this, as this proverb would suggest, we may be put to shame in the end.
P~ Father, Grant me the discretion and the grace to not only advocate for my son but to show deference and respect for his teacher, who is trying to navigate a new class at a new school and all that this entails.
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