Ever have one of those awkward moments when you are ashamed or embarrassed by something you've said or done? If we're honest with ourselves, we've all had them. Proverbs 21:23 says "Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble." [New Living Translation] Ouch! Our devotions this week [March 1-6] focus on awkward, clumsy or embarrassing moments. Those blunders of the mouth that get us into trouble and embarrassing situations we wish we could hide from.
We can be embarrassed by our failures, get mad at ourselves (or God), beat ourselves up over them, or we can learn from them and maybe even laugh at ourselves in the process. Even when we are not at our best, Psalm 139:14 reminds us that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made." God's graciousness and strength cover us in our weakest moments.
Ask your child...
- When was the last time you had an embarrassing or awkward moment?
- How did you handle the situation?
- What could you have done differently/better?
- Encourage your child to learn to laugh at embarrassing or awkward moments. If we can laugh at ourselves and accept our goofs, our tormenters won't have a chance to bully us.
- Help your child practice good listening skills. Proverbs 18:13 reminds us that to "answer before listening is folly and shame."
- If you see that your child's actions or words are hurtful or are changing them into someone you never imagined they could be, pray with your child. Ask for God's wisdom and guidance. Right the wrongs and say "I'm sorry."
Dear Lord, please guide us in everything we do so that we act according to your purposes. Amen.