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Annoying Trait - Or Strength in Disguise?

March 14, 2019
By Jake Tassy, School Chaplain

This week's blog is from Jake Tassy, School Chaplain, with some great reminders about how God can use what may seem like "annoying" traits to glorify Christ.

 

Jake Tassy
Jake Tassy, WCCS School Chaplain

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 27:31

Hey parents, let’s be honest. Sometimes, our kids can be annoying. I know, I know – it’s a hard thing to admit, but family life is not always as perfect and pretty as your Instagram feeds would lead the world to believe! We all love our children and feel blessed by these precious gifts the Lord has given us to enjoy, but sometimes it can be a challenge. Right? Teachers and parents alike encounter “annoying”, (or shall we call them challenging) moments with these young Images Bearers. For some, it’s an occasional misbehavior, but for others it’s a daily struggle to help mold a child’s strong and sometimes defiant personality into one that glorifies Christ. What if instead of getting angered or frustrated by our kids’ behaviors, we looked at them with Christ’s eyes - as traits that will help them grow into successful adults? What if we took what seems weak and recognized it as the very trait that will serve these students in God’s unique call for their lives?

I recently ran into a great podcast from The Parent Cue about this very subject. I encourage you to take a few minutes and give it a listen, it's entitlted "How to Parent Annoying Kids". It will help you empathize with these behaviors and learn how to shape what might at first seem negative into a positive that will make for a successful adult. Here are some positive spins on a few negative behaviors from The Parent Cue article:

Annoying Traits – Strengths in Disguise

  • Bossy – Leadership
  • Defiant – Determined
  • Demanding – Assertive
  • Fearful – Thoughtful
  • Impulsive – Bold
  • Liar – Creative Writer
  • Loud – Confident
  • Manipulative – Negotiator
  • Mean – Powerful
  • Quiet – Learner
  • Stubborn – Persistent
  • Sensitive – Caring

Parents, it is my prayer that the Word of God be powerful and effective in your family life. May we see every challenging moment as a God moment with our children, allowing Christ to skillfully and beautifully shape their personalities to glorify Him and cultivate His call on their lives.

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