I Didn’t Mean Time-Out

Tristen came out of the wash room tonight and showed me a bag of toys they collected from their room earlier today. We are planning on having a “Kiddie Yard Sale” with the other kids in our care group. I was encouraged they were willing to get rid of some of their toys. It is cool when they resist materialism.

I asked Tristen to put the bag of toys in the corner of the hallway and then I went into the bathroom to brush my teeth. About 3 minutes later Lucia asked me to go see what Tristen wanted. She was calling me from the hallway. I went to her and she asked, “Why did you want me to sit in the corner?”

I was so saddened by my miscommunication. The thought she was sitting in the corner while the rest of the family was in my bedroom spending time together saddened me. I asked her to forgive me for my lack of clarity and then encouraged her for her obedience. She was so willing to obey her daddy, though she didn’t understand the request.

I was not only encouraged by her obedience, but I was also encouraged that she would humbly ask me why I asked her to do such an odd thing.

She has been doing so well the past few weeks. Earlier today she took my favorite cup and filled it with ice and water and brought it to me. This was unprovoked, unsolicited kindness. I found even more encouragement in my daughter. Jesus said that he did not come here to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom (Mark 10:45).

My daughter is learning this humble truth.

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Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking. In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).

1 thought on “I Didn’t Mean Time-Out

  1. Rick,

    i too was very encouraged last night by her response. seeing such a humbe response of obedience though she didn’t understand why was both encouraging to see and challenging.


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