I went in for my annual physical this morning and while waiting, I heard a woman’s voice screaming at the top of her lungs. At first it scared me, because I have seen video clips of people freaking out at their medical clinic and how medical workers are at risk of physical harm.
My first inclination was to get out of there, but then I realized the paper gown I was wearing would raise eyebrows. Instead I remained seated having thoughts of how I would defend myself if the woman decided to come in my room. I’m an old lady and very physically unfit, so nothing came to mind. I thought about pushing the table in front of the door, but instead decided to pray. I prayed for the poor woman who was having the tantrum. How sad for her to feel so threatened in such a safe place. I asked that God would bring her peace, because she obviously was in great need of it. I also thanked him for protecting me and the others in the building, because it may have erupted into something more difficult.
Isn’t it a shame that we have resorted to anger, rage, explosion of tempers and sometimes violence to handle our problems? Have we forgotten how to problem solve before things escalate out of control? How do we bring the word respect back into our vocabulary? Here are a few suggestions:
- Parents, talk to your kids about working together with family members.
- Have a project for them to put other’s needs before their own.
- Have them learn the golden rule.
- Teach them to pray for others – even their enemies.
- Prepare them for how to deal with bullies.
- Teach them to be willing to bend and compromise without caving in to their beliefs.
- Being involved in sports or any other team activity will help them see the need for cooperation.
- Give them a solid dependence on God, their Savior, by praying with them and getting them into the Word.
- Let them know they are important to you and God, but that the world doesn’t revolve around them.
- Teach them to have a servant’s heart – letting Jesus be their example.
Too many of us have forgotten that it’s our obligation as parents to give our kids the tools they need for life. It doesn’t take much time to instill these values, but it can make a big difference.