Why are children so contrary?

Often when our family are getting ready to go to a posh do like a wedding reception or church party, my 10 year old daughter will stroll down the stairs looking like a vagrant.

Minus the plastic carrier bags and wrinkly old McDonalds cup to catch loose change, she will appear every bit the bag lady who is desperate for food.

So why on this wet, windy Sunday afternoon does she decide to play outside in the muddy garden, wearing her brand new sparkly dress?

“Look at her! I said to her dad, “Can you believe she’s wearing that gorgeous, lycra dress we got her for Christmas?”

She was promptly told by her father to come in and change clothes if she wished to be allowed outside for any longer.

I chuckled to myself as I pondered on the verse in Romans 7 which says:

“I do not understand the things I do. I do not do the good things I want to do. And I do the bad things I hate to do.”

As Christians, our actions can sometimes contradict what we are claiming to be.

I need to listen more.

Jesus listened, really listened to others and subsequently saw the real heart issues that people were struggling with.

There are many folk around me going through trials of different kinds. I hope that before I start spewing out faith scriptures, that I take the time to stop and hear what they are truly saying.

Otherwise, any encouragement I give will be as useful as an aran sweater in the Australian outback.

So here are my verses to ponder:

“A person who answers without listening is foolish and disgraceful.” (Proverbs 18:13)

“My dear brothers and sisters,
always be willing to listen and slow to speak…” (James 1:19)

Nuff said.