Without my knowledge my son, Jake, updated my Facebook status to, “Hi. I like pie.”
(Very funny Jake…)
Well, it’s true. I do like pie. Boston cream, chocolate, apple, key lime, pumpkin are just a sampling of the ones I most dig (into)!
One thing I do not dig is when my kids fight.
One day, my youngest son, Cal, banged his head into the wall and blamed Jake. This was just moments after Jake banged his head into the bathroom door and blamed Cal.
Let’s suffice to say that it was not the most pleasant hour of my life.
Cal cried out, “I DON’T WANT ICE, I WANT JAKE TO APOLOGIZE!!!” His heart hurt more than his forehead.
Earlier that week my friend posted on Facebook, “Apologizing does not always mean that you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego.”
Sometimes it takes seeing others live out a certain level of crazy for me to see the crazy alive in me. Like the way I overreacted when my son Jake accidently spilled orange juice which quickly traveled into the cracks of my fridge as we were headed to the bus stop.
Note to self: Apologize more often.
In route to the bus stop, I paused to look straight into Jake’s eyes and apologize, “I’m so sorry for talking meanly to you. You’re so special to me and I’m very sorry.”
“I forgive you, Mom.” Then we sealed it with a smooch!
It felt good to be forgiven. My kids will learn humility and how to apologize if they see living examples of it.
James 4:6 says it this way, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
I say it this way, “Eat more pie.” Humble pie, that is. After all, I do like pie.
What’s your favorite pie? Do you, like me, have a difficult time eating humble pie?
***Steph can be found blogging at www.encouragedinheart.org or on Facebook at Stephanie Fink or on her Facebook page Encouraged in Heart – Stephanie Fink. She loves big hair, big cups of coffee and big bear hugs.