Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7 NKJV)
My husband and I completed a parenting course this week. We both dropped out of post secondary education to start working full time so you can't blame us for being giddy when the teacher handed us completion certificates. They clapped and everything, it was awesome.
But it's been a couple of days since, and while I've propped up our little diplomas on the piano alongside the kids', I am trying to resist patting myself on the back. Because those papers (and the perfect attendance record, ahem) mean nothing if I didn't learn anything for the past three months. And then what's my retention worth if I don't practice any of it?
If I got my degree, I would have had an education. But it could only evolve into wisdom if I applied it. And this course is no different. Neither is the kicker in last week's sermon. Or that amazing blog post I vaguely remember being struck by last year.
I just spent weeks being introduced to circumstances, methods and strategies I'd never known before, and I am fighting to resist just barfing it all over my children and expect them to emerge equipped to change the world. I remember coming home from a high school student council conference so hyped that we called an emergency spirit assembly on Monday morning. Give me a C for Crash and a B for Burn!
I think I'll start with one or two gems and go from there.
(I'm a great mom, yes I do! I'm a great mom, how 'bout you?!)
(I said 'great mom', not 'great poet'.)
Is there something brilliant you heard recently that is waiting to be applied to your parenting? Marriage? Friendships? Career?