Yes, I am a teacher. Yes, I love books...perhaps just a little too much! Besides, at night who knows what I might be in the mood for - Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul, Stories for a Woman's Heart, The Life of Amy Carmichael, Traveling Light or Jewish Culture for Dummies. I mean I like to keep my options open.
Truth is I did finish a book last night! It was one of the many books I got for Mother's Day. Are you dieing to hear the book's name? Captivating, Unveiling the Mystery of A Woman's Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge.
You've all read it, haven't you? You're all thinking, What took you so long to read this book that everyone raved about...six years ago?
Yes, Matt's girlfriend was here for the past few days. She's read it twice and even done a book study on it. :) So much for being on the cutting edge.
So why was it so great?
I think one of the most memorable parts was a point that Stasi made that coincided with a conversation I recently had. The coming together of real life with a succinct quote...BAM!
I had left a conversation on parenting with a friend. We were discussing disrespectful children and getting very specific. So specific, she was addressing my child. Now I am the first to admit, my children are not perfect. Yet still, as I left that conversation, I felt defensive. I felt judged. I'm sure my friend didn't realize how I was feeling. Perhaps, I should've let her her know. At any rate, when I opened Captivating that night, I read "A woman of true beauty offers others the grace to be and the room to become."
BAM! "A woman of true beauty offers others the grace to be and the room to become."
I immediately thought, Have I ever made a friend feel defensive or judged? Am I intentional about making those around me feel grace and love? Do they leave me and feel hope?
The grind of life can feel forever, like pedalling up Mount Everest on a bigwheel. It can be unsettling like sticky fingers with no running water. It can be annoying like a wet sock. For Pete's sake, I don't want to make it any harder on my friends...I'll save that for my enemies, thank you. :)