Friday, April 30, 2010

Praise and Criticism.

Wow! You have your hands full. Do you know what causes that? Can't your husband get another hobby? Maybe this is too much. Another boy? Are you trying for a baseball team? Large families are for sweet people and you , my dear, are not sweet.

This is just a sample of the fun things I hear all the time. Some of them are intentionally snarky and others are saying it out of genuine concern. It has always been hard for me to be diplomatic when people say things that I don't want to hear. I go back to what Oswald Chambers says when he tells people to follow the Lord and leave the consequences up to Him. I don't follow the Lord perfectly to be sure and I fail more often than I succeed. But on the issue the Lord was very clear to us in the message, "Hands off, give control to Me." What a wonderful thing to obey Him in and I love that I can see the face of the Lord in all of my children. I wish that all the people I encounter would feel the same way but I realize I can't control how people feel.

On the bright side I've also heard wonderful comments of praise and support, mostly from my church friends but not always. It is great and reminds me that I need to return positive encouragement to others too.

Who have you encouraged today?