I was sitting at work the other day and another coworker and I were talking about kids and she asked do your kids do sports? I thought here it comes… I replied, “no they don’t”, and she proceeds to ask why and then goes on about how her sons do this and that and just loves baseball and how she was sure my boys would too given the chance. Mom of the year sitting over here in the chair, I say, “we both work full time and there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day with all the other activities going on to get them where they need to be.” Sounds like a cop out but it’s true for us. We are busy with church activities, I work late during the week one day, the kids have homework, etc… I could go on with the list. You get it right? But some how this person made it sound so bad because I didn’t have my kids in sports. Don’t get me wrong we have friends that do sports and manage it so well with all 3 kids and I don’t know how they do it. Point is I left that conversation feeling really beat up. The bell rang and I didn’t know what had hit me.
How do you avoid the jabs?
I think sometimes people just want to talk and brag and if you know the person you know their intent. Then there is the enemy that throws flaming arrows and he knows just where to aim! He knows how your day is going, he knows just what to say to send you over the edge or to make you feel bad insignificant.
Ephesians 6:10-18 speaks of the armor of God. We have all heard, read and studied these verses. It states that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” v. 12
- Belt of Truth
- Breastplate of Righteousness
- Footgear, The readiness to spread the Good News
- Shield of Faith
- Helmet of Salvation
- Sword, The Spirit, The Word of God
- Satan fights with lies which can sound like the truth and we have to know the difference as believers
- Satan can attack our hearts which is the most vulnerable part of us. God’s righteousness protects us and helps to guard our emotions/hearts from attacks.
- God gives us motivation especially when we lack it, when we are scared to talk about God and His word.
- What we see are all the negative things of this world and we lose sight of the perspective that God has given us. The shield protects us from the flaming arrows and allows us to see beyond our circumstances to what God has waiting for us.
- “The more assured we are in our own happy consciousness of possessing the salvation of God, the more shall we be defended from all the temptations that seek to stir into action our lower selves. There will be no power in our fears to draw us into sin, and the possible evils that appeal to earthly passions of whatever sort will lose their power to disturb us, in the precise measure in which we know that we are saved in Christ”-biblehub.com
- “The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
- Make prayer a part of your day and especially in times when you feel arrows flying at you.
I did leave the conversation with the coworker feeling beat up that day but also knowing my kids lead a very full and happy life. We are good parents, they are happy, and like many other kids they have just about everything they want. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you have done something wrong when you know it’s not true. Speak the truth to your heart or call a friend, mom, spouse to hear the truth aloud. You are good enough, what you do matters, and your family loves you!