Thursday, June 30, 2011
Taming a lion cub.....
If I have said it once..I have said it 1000 times.
Malachi is a WILD ONE.
He could be described sometimes as UNTAMED.
A little untamed, wild...LOVING cub.
He tends to bounce ...not walk.
He loves to yell....not talk.
It is all I can do to keep him contained.
Sometimes just keeping him ALIVE is a full time job.
Just keeping him from RUINING his little body before he turns 8 has been a STRUGGLE.
And THAT is just his body....
his mind and soul are a WHOLE SEPARATE battle.
It is something that you fight for with all kids.
Some are more easily trained than others.
Some easily go along with the flow, quietyly doing what you have asked....
Some OTHERS....have a harder time settling down. They have a hard time FOLLOWING directions and LISTENING....
Malachi tends to be excited and he has TONS of energy....ALL THE TIME.
Like enough energy to run me RAGGED, quickly.
He tends to have a problem with his TONE, and his ACTIONS..
At the begenning of the summer I declared that we wouldn't be doing our traditional bible study this summer....we would be doing something a little MORE INTERNAL.
We were going to spend the summer doing the messy work that sometimes gets neglected. We were all going to work on the things inside each one of us that seem "yucky".
I want them to see that life IS and will ALWAYS be a continual battle for righteousness. We make CHOICES everyday that determine WHO WE ARE.
Even at the young ages of 10,8,7,and 5....they can rule their destinies.
They determine their life....by their choices.
It never ends,
you cannot rest.
It is a battle, after all.
I have tried to get them to undersatand that they are children of GOD...but the devil likes to SNEAK IN.
And, because he is WICKED....he is deceptive and cunning.
He preys on the minds of the youth...because they are easiest.
They are the MOST vulnerable.
They are the most CAREFREE.
They are the most "UNTAMED".
So lately, we have all been working on our "issues"....and trust me THAT is a FULL TIME JOB that requires 1.)tons of patience and 2.)a QUICK mind.
Malachi has a tendency to use his hands as a first reaction...instead of his words.
So... THAT is what we are working on.
I want him to be in control of his REACTION to things.
I want his FIRST reaction to be a righteous one.
This summer we have had lots of "talks" about his soul, his mind, and about God and how he SAYS we should act.
It has really been a blessing to reason with his little mind and watch him grow.
The other day he came into my room and said, "Mom, I have been acting good lately right?" as he hugged me.
I looked at his sweet little face and said, "Yes Malachi you have. Doesn't it feel GOOD to do the right thing? Doesn't it feel better than doing the WRONG thing?Can you feel it in your heart?"
He shook his head YES enthusiasticly.
"Everyday we have a choice...We can choose WHO we let in our hearts. We can choose God and feel GOOD...OR- we can choose to let the devil in and feel GROSS. But Malachi....WE HAVE THE CHOICE."
He lookad at me straight in the eyes and said, "I Know, Mom".
And he hugged and kissed me....
then he RAN off.
What a sweet moment in time...A moment that let me see that my WILD CHILD, just might be a little less WILD and a little more TAMED.